Arthritis is a disease that affects millions of people all over the world. However, most patients of this disease don’t know about their affliction until symptoms get too explicit.
However, now a new device developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering aims to remove this ambiguity by providing potential patients with a true diagnostic tool.
Showcased at the MEDICA conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, this prototype device uses two distinctive technologies to form it’s diagnosis.
For the first part, it uses a laser light that disperses pulses of varying wavelengths. These lights are flashed at the finger, and the returning sound waves generated from tissue expansion are recorded.
This data is used to point out the sites of inflammation through a technique known as Optoacoustic Imaging.
For the second part, the device performs Hyperspectral Imaging, a process in which full spectrum of light is shined at the finger, in order to detect which wavelengths are absorbed.
The data from this process is then correlated with the first process to cross check the points of inflammation and form a complete diagnosis.
In addition to the diagnosis, the system also produces a 3D ultrasound scan of the finger, which can be used for maintaining a complete medical record.
Once this device is ready for mass production and deployment, it will become the first true diagnostic tool for arthritis in adults.