Dialog Devices wins prize for its blocked arteries detector

The company behind a device for detecting blocked arteries has won an NHS competition to find new ways to combat long-term medical conditions.

Spin-out company Dialog Devices, based at Loughborough University’s Innovation Centre, was one of four winners from 50 entrants in the Smart Solutions for Healthcare competition.

The company’s Padd system detects blocked arteries in the leg by using infrared light to assess blood volume changes in the foot before and after raising the leg.

Currently, patients must be referred to hospital for diagnosis. However, Padd offers a fast and simple way to detect and monitor the condition in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.

As part of the company’s prize, the system will now undergo evaluations at hospitals and GP surgeries in the north west, with a view to rolling them out across the NHS.

Jody Brown, chief executive officer of Dialog Devices, said: ‘We are delighted with this award and hope that evaluation of the Padd device in hospitals and GPs’ surgeries will lead to the first large-scale orders for the device.

‘Padd has been hailed as a breakthrough with the potential to save lives, as it offers early detection of peripheral arterial disease quickly and easily in a primary care setting.’

Dialog Devices was founded on research carried out at Loughborough University and now employs an eight-strong team.

Smart Solutions for Healthcare is run by TrusTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Hub, which is based in Manchester.