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Georgia Tech start-up develops medical device to fight lymphatic diseases


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 22nd, 2019

LymphaTech, a start-up from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), is developing a medical device to combat elephantiasis and other lymphatic illnesses.

LymphaTech’s product involves an infrared sensor mounted on an iPad and controlled by user-friendly software to detect and monitor elephantiasis, a lymphatic disease caused by parasitic worms that leads to painful limb swelling. The disease affects more than 100 million people worldwide and is especially prevalent among breast cancer patients.

Traditional methods to monitor elephantiasis and other lymphatic diseases involve either tape measurement or water displacement. However, these measurements are often either time consuming or unreliable due to uneven skin surfaces caused by swelling.

Tests have revealed that the LymphaTech device provides measurements of leg volume and limb circumference at multiple points that are just as accurate, with less variability, as those obtained by traditional methods. The device also takes less time than tape or water measurements.

In addition to treating elephantiasis, the start-up aims to assist cancer patients who have had lymph nodes removed through surgery or damaged by radiation and chemotherapy, hindering the body’s ability to drain fluid. The start-up has received funding from the Georgia Research Alliance.

Source: Global Atlanta

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