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MEDIA CONTACT: Paige Garrido
561-297-3911, pgarrido@fau.edu

FAU Signs Licensing Agreement for Wireless Handheld Ultrasound Scanners

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 4, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University signed a licensing agreement with EyeLife AS, a company located in Oslo, Norway, for the rights to technology patented by recently deceased FAU distinguished professor emeritus, William Glenn, Ph.D., who held a faculty position within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The technology is meant to replace current cart-based and hand-held ultrasound products with a higher resolution, hand carried or “point-of-care” ultrasound for diagnostics. Additionally, the device is wireless and the software can be downloaded on any PC, notebook or tablet device (including smartphones) which makes it portable and practical for any medical office or field medical site. 

“We are thrilled about the interest in this technology,” said Jeffrey Anderson, Ph.D., associate vice president for research and director of technology development at FAU. “Dr. Glenn was one of FAU’s most prolific inventors with more than 130 patents over his lifetime.  This particular technology has the potential to replace cart-based ultrasound systems which would create a paradigm shift for the healthcare industry.”

Trygve Burchardt, Ph.D., and Rune Nystad, both of EyeLife AS, signed a license for a patent for the ultrasound technology as well as an option for a second complementary brain imaging ultrasound patent. 

The wireless aspect of this device suggests potential uses including use by emergency room physicians, EMTs and other first responders, sports medicine professionals, and any health care professional requiring quick visualization.  For example, one novel application for this device would be for anesthesiologists who could monitor the passage of a needle as it passes through the skin during the injection itself.

Additionally, because of the wireless capability, physicians do not have to invest in costly, bulky machinery; rather, they would simply download the ultrasound software onto their existing office technology.  Burchardt and Nystad believe that this inexpensive technology could become as commonplace for a physician’s office as a stethoscope or a scale. 

“With hand-held ultrasound scanners available in every physician’s office, the cost of health care will decrease and patient care will improve,” said Nystad. “We’ll be able to greatly reduce the need to send patients for expensive, off-site ultrasound imaging.”

For more information, contact Paige Garrido at 561-297-3911 or pgarrido@fau.edu.

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