GE Tech Hub Develops Innovative Handheld Probe for Bedsore Monitoring

Friday, March 20, 2015

Source: Fierce Medical Devices

As the med tech industry turns its attention to devices that can treat and prevent bedsores, a team of GE ($GE) researchers is developing an innovative handheld probe that can prevent the sores, or pressure ulcers, from forming during hospital stays.

Scientists from the company's GE Global Research technology development arm, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation, is testing a device that combines sensing and analytical features, motion analysis, thermal profiling, image classification and 3D object reconstruction to monitor and assess the progression of bed sores. An estimated 2.5 million patients develop the sores each year, and 60,000 individuals end up dying from the disease and its complications; the probe could help prevent the condition in hospitalized patients, Ting Yu, principal investigator on pressure ulcer prevention and care program, said in a statement.

"The device we have developed integrates multiple sensing and data analysis capabilities to help detect the earliest signs of ulcer formation," Yu said. "It also provides a more objective and comprehensive assessment of the wound to understand its progression."

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