Wideblue announces an array of technologies for the medical market
Published: 8 July 2019 - Christian Lynn
Following Med-tech 2019, Wideblue has announced a number of products for uses in the medical industry. With the sector easily forgotten amidst the innovations present in IoT and automotive markets, Wideblue hopes that its latest additions to its portfolio will encourage further investment in delivering quality healthcare to all. Their list of latest developments include the CRiL N-Tidal C, Calcivis camera and Peek Retina.
CRiL N-Tidal C - Designed to assess the health of a patient’s lungs by measuring CO2 output. This function is usually carried out in hospitals using a large capnometer machine. Wideblue were commissioned by Cambridge Respiratory Innovations Limited (CRiL) to develop a low-cost, hand-held, personal capnometer that can be used by patients in their own home and for clinical research. Wideblue has designed and developed a prototype which uses infra red optical technology to measure CO2 levels. It was important that the device was easy to use, highly accurate and could transmit patient data gathered wirelessly to a remote server. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials and design for manufacture.
Softcell Medical - In partnership with Softcell Medical, Wideblue has designed a new product which measures and displays a patient's pH levels during surgery, highlighting the potential restriction of blood flow to vital organs. As of now, the first 15 prototypes have been manufactured and the device is about to start clinical trials. The pH system is intended for the assessment of patients who have sustained injuries or have developed disease processes that make them susceptible to ischaemia, or localised tissue death that, in it’s severe form, can result in the development of compartment syndrome or generalised tissue death.
Calcivis -- A new dental luminescence imaging camera, currently in production. The Calcivis imaging device is designed to provide a detailed image of the tooth after delivering an application of Calcivis photoprotein. The handheld medical device is initiated via a “one-touch” computer controlled process, and a specialised sensor integrated into the device immediately detects the resulting luminescence (light flash). In less than one second, bespoke software presents a chair side demineralisation, “hot-spot” image map to clinicians, enabling a more informed and efficient dialogue with patients. After designing and manufacturing a number of advanced prototypes of the device for clinical trials, Wideblue has worked with Calcivis to develop a full commercial product which is currently in production in the UK.
Cranofacio Drill Drivers – This battery powered device is used within the surgical suite, used for neurosurgical procedures involving drilling and driving titanium and bioresorbable screws. It is currently in production at Pivot International (in Philippines).
Peek Retina – Peek were keen to produce a low cost ophthalmoscope, making it available to a wide range of clinicians throughout the world. Peek asked Wideblue to improve a prototype mobile phone based ophthalmoscope and get the product ready for sale. Wideblue initially carried out optical design of the product using Zemax software to optimise the product’s optical performance. Early stage hand built models were made to validate the results. Wideblue carried out design for manufacture, injection mold tooling and supported start up manufacturing in the UK.
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