Medical imaging grants available through CalState

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The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology at California State University, San Bernardino has opened its latest grant solicitation for universities, government labs and small technology companies interested in commercializing medical technologies for the military.

Technologies in demand are those aimed at curtailing fatalities by helping medical personnel in battle zones quickly pinpoint unseen injuries caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDS) left near buildings and roadways by insurgent forces, according to CCAT San Bernardino.

"The most promising of these technologies are the ones that can help detect whether someone is bleeding internally," said Timothy Gerrity, director of the office of technology transfer and commercialization at Cal State, San Bernardino, reported The Press-Enterprise.

Individual grant amounts will be determined later, but proposals will be reviewed by the San Bernardino campus of CCAT.

According to The Press-Enterprise, technologies developed so far include one which looks like a blood pressure monitoring cuff, scatters infrared light to find abnormal pulse patterns and blood oxygen levels. Another includes attaching a sensor to the finger, which provides wave pattern data that is read by specialized software to find abnormal blood pressure points and determine whether the heart itself is ejecting blood due to injury.

Campus officials said technology grant applications will be accepted only online until Sept. 15. Selected finalists will make web presentations to expert panels in mid-October, and final awards will be made by the end of October, according to Gerrity.