ULCER DETECTION DEVICE

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Goal

Create a device which helps doctor detect foot ulcers before they are visible to the naked eye, monitor the progress of these wounds, and catalogue changes in foot shape.  Our system works to detect the early onset foot ulcers by assessing three variables over time: foot shape, capillary refill time, and relative temperature. 

Problem Space

This project focuses around the most costly symptom of diabetes: pressure ulcers. These ulcers cost the US healthcare system $11 billion annually, mainly for their high causation of lower limp amputations, with 12-24% of patients with diabetic foot ulcers requiring amputation. Working with the Graduate Department for Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, our team wanted to create a novel invention in this space. 

Timeline | Ongoing

my role

I facilitated the design process through renderings, developing user personas, sketching possible scenarios in our ideation stages, and the user experience considerations of the product.

Team

Working with seven master's candidates in Biomedical Engineering, and one undergraduate in computational biology, our team was mostly compromised of those from the scientific fields. Our advisors included: Professor James Antaki, PhD, and David Steed, MD, vascular surgeon and former director of the Wound Clinic and Limb Salvage Center at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.