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Análisis de la salud cardiovascular mediante una báscula electrónica común

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20160729001
Publicado:
12/09/2016
Caducidad:
12/09/2017
Resumen:
Una universidad catalana ha desarrollado un sistema fácil de usar y asequible para analizar de forma rápida los parámetros fisiológicos relacionados con la salud cardiovascular de un individuo mediante sensores de fuerza de una báscula electrónica común. El método es capaz de extraer el tiempo de tránsito del pulso y la apertura y cierre de la válvula aórtica. La universidad busca fabricantes de dispositivos médicos con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia o cooperación técnica para continuar con el desarrollo y lanzar la tecnología al mercado.

Details

Tittle:
Cardiovascular health assessment from a common electronic weighing scale
Summary:
A Catalan university has developed an easy-to-use and affordable system able to quickly assess physiological parameters related to cardiac and vascular health of a subject from the force sensors of a common electronic weighing scale. The university is looking for medical devices companies for license and technical cooperation agreements to further develop the device and bring it to the market.
Description:
Personal health systems often rely on implantable, wearable or portable devices able to acquire physiological signals, which are well-suited to continuous monitoring but are unpractical for periodic monitoring, less for eventualities. Hence, there is a need for easy-to-use devices that do not interfere with daily routines neither result in any discomfort and can quickly provide valuable information about personal health condition when required.

Weighing scales are very common devices in our daily routine and enable cost-effective periodic monitoring at home and eventual fast checks.

A Catalan university group has designed a measurement system able to obtain the ballistocardiogram (BCG) from the same strain gauges of weighing scales, from which the method is able to extract the aortic pulse transit time (PTT) and the aperture and closure of the aortic valve. The aortic PTT reflect the stiffness of the aorta and can be related to several factors such as ageing, hypertension, and risk of cardiovascular events. Furthermore, the aortic PTT can be calibrated to provide beat-to-beat measurements of arterial blood pressure. The aperture and closure of the aortic valve, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) that can be obtained from feet or handheld electrodes, can be used to calculate the pre-ejection period (PEP) and left ventricular ejection time (LVET), whose quotient reflects the status of myocardial health.

The university is looking for medical devices companies interested in monitoring and evaluation of cardiac and vascular parameters for license and technical cooperation agreements. The technology is now in a laboratory prototype stage and the collaboration sought is to finish the prototype, validation and regulation, the industrial scale-up and the commercialization.
Advantages and Innovations:
- Only the force sensors of a common electronic weighing scale are required and the additional necessary hardware and software is easily embeddable in the device.
- No auxiliary personnel is required to use the scale.
- Provides information about aortic stiffness non-invasively and in a short time by using only the BCG.
- Provides information about myocardial health non-invasively and in a short time from the BCG plus an additional ECG.
- Can be adapted to any wireless technology
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Priority patent application

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Medical devices company interested in monitoring and evaluation of cardiac and vascular parameters.
The partner should further develop the device and bring in to the market, which includes finishing the prototype, validation and regulation, the industrial scale-up and the commercialization.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001011 Enfermedades circulatorias y del corazón
06001012 Investigaciones médicas
06001008 Medicina medioambiental, medicina social, medicina deportiva
09003 Sistemas electrónicos de medida
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica