Maddison Ltd, Newcastle University and Newcastle hospitals are developing a pioneering diagnostics solution to accurately detect and record electrical signals passing through muscle fibres when the muscles contract.
This advancement in technology involves electromyography, which uses fine needles to detect these electrical signals. The new system takes this further to record the activity from 64 points along the length of the needle instead of just a single point.
The new technique can now build an image of the muscle fibres to help diagnose diseases that affect the muscles and nerves, such as motor neuron disease, much more accurately than previously known, changing the face of diagnostics as we know it.
Maddison is a product design and innovation group, which works with inventors, universities, start-ups, SMEs and global corporations to develop solutions to tough technical challenges in the medical and high tech sectors as well as creating designs in the industrial and consumer markets.
In this instance, it has worked with the Newcastle team to create the mechanics of the development, as well as the industrial design element of the product.
Wearable sensors in partnership with Imperial College
Maddison has also partnered with Imperial College, taking part in the latter’s event, 'Wearable, Behaviour and Data' hosted in March this year, with a focus on the bioengineering sector, which has rapidly taken up the technology.
Wearable technology can now be utilised in a number of fields including the diagnosis of communication disorders, disease prevention, rehabilitation, sports, acute clinical monitoring and treatment for serious conditions including the production of a pancreas for those who suffer diabetes.
Recent developments include wearable sensors to detect muscle activity and movement, which is being exploited in a number of medical devices including stroke rehabilitation and consumer devices for sports and condition monitoring.
Maddison and Imperial College are working together to bring light to these developments and look for avenues of improvements and developing these technologies even further.
Imperial College recently held an event to help encourage partnerships, meetings with researchers and developers along with academics and clinicians.
Maddison is an advocate of partnering with various companies to work together and produce the types of ingenious developments that were discussed at the recent event at Imperial College. It offers to discuss potential partnership, or funding support for wearable tech developments. For more information see: www.maddison.co.uk