Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduates Jessica Chin and Daniel Farrow have developed a foot scanning system that they claim could aid diabetic patients with early identification of foot disorders caused by diabetes.
Called STOMP – for Scanning Thermal and Optical Measurement Platform – the system consists of a visual and thermal acquisition device and custom built detection analysis software.
In use, the system scans the visual and infrared images of the bottom of an individual’s foot, obtains blood pressure and heart rate readings, and checks skin surface temperature, swelling, increased hardness, and moisture content.
Hence, it can be used to monitor the condition of a diabetic’s foot over time to avoid ulcer formation and other serious complications.
Indeed, the two graduates believe that the STOMP system could reduce ulcer formation by approximately 85 per cent leading to a major reduction in medical costs and personal anguish, and have formed a company called JDAxis Corporation to take their idea to market.