Ultrasound Waves Assess Ligament Injury

After receiving two patents that cover the company's core technology, start-up Echometrix (Madison, WI) is preparing to launch its first product next year. Its product, EchoSoft, analyzes information from ultrasound waves to assess muscle and ligament injuries, along with healing progress.

July 26, 2010

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Ultrasound Waves Assess Ligament Injury

EchoSoft uses acoustoelasticity to measure biological materials, a method that was developed by company cofounder Hirohito Kobayashi and Ray Vanderby, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. The approved patents cover techniques and the device to enable improved ultrasonic strain measurements and pull the data that quantifies soft tissue strain and material properties.

According to Sam Adams, CEO of Echometrix, Echosoft is the first ultrasound-based product that provides quantitative analysis of ligaments, tendons, and muscles as they naturally function. It has potential use in assessing arthritis as well as applications in sports medicine, workplace rehab, and military use.

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