Danes develop promising screening technique for arteriosclerosis  

2006.11.30
Researchers at Aalborg University in northern Jutland have developed a promising new method of diagnosing arteriosclerosis at an early stage
Researchers at Aalborg University in northern Jutland have developed a promising new method of diagnosing arteriosclerosis at an early stage. The non-invasive and inexpensive method utilises the fact that when blood passes through an narrowed vessel, the induced turbulence produces a high frequency sound. Using signal processing software developed by the researchers, the sound can easily be heard through a digital stethoscope.
 
Jan Skyt Madsen, a senior consultant at Gentofte County Hospital comments: "It sounds like a really good idea. It could have value for patient screening purposes because it is an inexpensive technique." The Aalborg University researchers believe there is significant market potential for their invention as a screening tool. Arteriosclerosis, which figures in the cause of death for an estimated 22% of all Europeans, is in many cases diagnosed too late.
 
While the method is being developed for market readiness, market research is being conducted and business plans formulated. Meetings are also being held with potential investors and collaboration partners. The news is reported in Ingeniøren (The Engineer).

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