Navigation Links
Kitware to Improve Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Procedures
Date:5/9/2013

Clifton Park, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Kitware, a leading-edge medical imaging software provider, today announces new Phase I SBIR funding from the National Institutes of Health for the development of hardware and image analysis algorithms that will allow novice ultrasound operators to perform life-saving Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) procedures.

FAST procedures are rapid ultrasound examinations for identifying abdominal hemorrhaging, which is often associated with blunt abdominal trauma (BAT). Detection of this free fluid is done via ultrasound images of four specific abdominal areas. Patients with positive FAST results are in urgent need of treatment, whereas negative results indicate more stable patients.

Under this project Kitware will collaborate with InnerOptic, a leader in FDA-approved visualization and tracking technologies, and Trauma Surgeon Jeffrey Lowell, M.D., to develop a low-cost system that will visually-guide novice users through acquiring ultrasound images from the abdominal regions necessary for FAST detection. The system will include an ultrasound probe connected to a ruggedized tablet computer that runs innovative computer vision algorithms, and is embedded in an intuitive application.

The resulting FAST evaluation system will be used to address equipment and training shortages in level 3 and 4 trauma centers, enabling them to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with trauma, particularly BAT. Trauma is the leading cause of death among persons aged 1-44 in the United States and it is estimated that 50-75% of trauma is BAT. Current examination procedures for abdominal injuries and concealed hemorrhaging are unreliable, especially in underserved rural areas where distance from trauma centers means that first responders and level 3 and 4 centers are primarily responsible in the critical time after injury.

“There are many opportunities for advanced image analysis techniques to improve the state of trauma care in the U.S., particularly in areas with limited access to high-quality healthcare,” said Dr. Stephen Aylward, Kitware’s Senior Director of Operations – North Carolina and Principal Investigator on this project. “The technologies and teams involved in this work are ideally suited for creating an easy-to-use and effective product for improving the urgent care provided at trauma centers worldwide.”

If you would like to learn more about Kitware’s Medical Computing expertise, and how it can be leveraged to benefit your organization, please contact kitware(at)kitware(dot)com.

This work is supported by the National Institutes of Health under Contract No. 1R43EB016621-01. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official NIH position, policy, or decision unless so designated by other documentation.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10713535.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Kitware to Enhance the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) to Accelerate Community-Driven Medical Innovation
2. Bend, Twist, Pose – Kitware’s Bender Brings Movement to the Visible Man
3. Kitware to Develop a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language Infrastructure
4. Kitware and SAIC-Frederick, Inc. Provide Support for National Cancer Informatics Program Open Development Initiative
5. Kitware Provides Mobile Visualization Support for the Visible Patient Project
6. Kitware to Develop Novel Neuroimage Processing Methods for Traumatic Brain Injury
7. Kitware Develops Novel System for Autonomous Robot Navigation
8. Kitware Announces Opening of Santa Fe Office
9. Emergent Technologies and Caisson Biotech Form Strategic Alliance with Local Health Care Providers to Improve Delivery and Performance of a Therapeutic Drug
10. Can Treating Lower Back Pain Improve Intelligence?
11. DuPont Receives ‘Patents for Humanity’ Award for Groundbreaking Research to Improve Nutritional Profile of Staple Crop
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has signed a ... serve as their official health care provider. As ... provide sponsorship support, athletic training services, and most ... athletes and families. "We are excited ... to bring Houston Methodist quality services and programs ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016   EpiBiome , a precision microbiome ... in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The ... to advance its drug development efforts, as well as ... "SVB has been an incredible strategic partner to ... traditional bank would provide," said Dr. Aeron Tynes ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Apellis Pharmaceuticals, ... 1 clinical trials of its complement C3 inhibitor, ... and multiple ascending dose studies designed to assess ... of subcutaneous injection in healthy adult volunteers. ... either as a single dose (ranging from 45 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... software, is exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will showcase its product’s ... conference. ClinCapture will also be presenting a scientific poster on Disrupting Clinical Trials ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing ...  3D medical LCD display is the latest premium product recently added to the range ... ... ... Sony 3d Imaging- LCD Medical Display- Ampronix News ...
(Date:5/9/2016)... DUBAI , UAE, May 9, 2016 ... choice when it comes to expanding freedom for high ... Even in today,s globally connected world, there ... online conferencing system could ever duplicate sealing your deal ... are obtaining second passports by taking advantage of citizenship ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... and LONDON , April 26, ... of EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys ... announced a partnership to integrate the Onegini mobile ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151104/283829LOGO ) ... customers enhanced security to access and transact across ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):