From Lord of the Rings to...Wound Care?

Here's the connection--the same technology that helped to create Gollum (aka Smeagol), a character from Lord of the Rings, is being used by doctors to measure the length and depth of wounds. Equipped with a camera and an embedded laser, the portable SilhouetteMobile is a noninvasive way to assess a patient's external wound at the bedside.

October 1, 2008

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From Lord of the Rings to...Wound Care?

It's certainly a more appealing alternative to having a clinician stick a sterile swab or probe into the sensitive area to measure wound depth.According to the manufacturer's CEO, Bruce Davey, PhD, the potential for the device is huge in the billion-dollar wound care market. Made by Aranz Medical (Christchurch, New Zealand), the Silhouette received FDA clearance last year and is being used in 50 centers around the United States, Davey told MD&DI at AdvaMed 2008 last week. It is also approved for use in the EU, Canada, and Australia.The camera and laser are connected to a PDA that collects data and then generates images, graphs, and measurements about the wound to help doctors evaluate how it is (or isn't) healing.Aranz Medical was founded three years ago by Applied Research Associates NZ Limited (ARANZ) to push the Silhouette product to market. Prior to the birth of the subsidiary, the company's technology was used to scan artifacts, geological data interpretation, and collect data for special effects in movies. The company's first customer was Weta Digital, which used the scanner to create the animated characters for Lord of the Rings. According to Davey, universities then began looking at the device for assessing wounds, and the rest is history.

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