Novel Concepts for Soldier Centric Technology in Non-Traditional Combat Casualty Care

Period of Performance: 04/15/2002 - 08/06/2003

$248K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MD Biotech, Inc.
511 Burroughs Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Non-Invasive Ocular Toxicity Assessment Instrumentation (NOTAI) is an automated diagnostic approach to medical testing and treatment that merges decades of ocular research into a single machine, bringing the expertise of the ophthalmologist to any locations. The development of this technology will usher in a new age of treatment, reducing time, safety, and the expense normally associated with a blood test or other invasive testing protocol. These instruments, in a variety of simplified forms, can be developed to look for specific conditional anomalies, or in a more complex form, NOTAI instruments can be used to detect and diagnose a broad range of health affecting conditions, including those associated with neurotoxins or other chemical agents. The invention will most likely exist as a stable diagnostic unit similar to a setup found in ophthalmology. The sensor element would preferably exist as a digital camera, but the options of video CCD cameras, CMOS devices, simple arrays of photo-detectors, film, or others also apply. The sensor element can be selected to be sensitive to target portions of the light spectrum and should provide adequate to the task. Filters can be utilized to further vary light spectrum selectivity. A means for analyzing images would preferably exist as a computer, but could also including custom designed circuits for smaller, more portable, versions of the technology. Instruments, in a variety of simplified forms, can be developed to look for specific agents: such as lead in school-aged children, changes in a cancer patients medicine to include a vast range of chemical exposure, biological agents, and other water.