arthrospec m1

a medical diagnostic system

The medical diagnostic system arthrospec m1 measures the quality of various biological tissue types by means of near-infrared spectroscopy. The original field of application of arthroscopy has been expanded to include other applications. This system expansion required an adaptation of the software and hardware. The main element of the arthrospec m1 system is the handpiece with immanent software, which can be used on a freely selectable hardware product. The user has various purchase options regarding the program components. An induction charging station, which can also be used during surgery, supplies the battery-powered handpiece with the required energy. Depending on the area of application, different shaped disposable probes are available.

Content of the thesis

The system allows the application in different areas. Arthroscopy, transplantation or tissue examination are possible. The main components, the handpiece and the software, are used cross-system for all areas of application. The user can configure and expand the software package as required by purchasing the various application programs. For optimal differentiation, the various program applications are color-coded. Thus the user interface of the software adapts to the selected program. In the application categories, different, identically color-coded disposable probes are required, depending on their suitability. After selection, the handpiece adapts the corresponding color code through an integrated LED illumination.

Main element handpiece

The main element of the system is the handpiece. It contains all necessary electrical components like the spectrometer, controller and the LED light source. The handpiece works wireless and is connected to a display medium via WLAN or Bluetooth. The calculation process, which converts the detected spectra into the NIRS value, takes place on the controller of the handpiece, which means that only the already calculated value has to be transmitted in addition to the control (triggering). The ergonomic shape allows the cartilage to be reached and palpated through several grip situations. The integrated, invisible touch screen can be operated with the index finger as well as with the thumb.