Ground Breaking Diagnostics Technology:
A group led by Professor Rodger Whittaker, Consultant Neurophysiologist at the Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals is developing a pioneering diagnostics solution to accurately detect and record the electrical signals passing along muscle fibres when muscles contract. Electromyography is the technique using fine metal needles, inserted in the muscles to detect the electrical signals, and this new system can now record this activity from 64 points along the length of the needle instead of just a single point at the tip with existing solutions. This novel technique can be used to build up a picture of the muscle fibres to help diagnose diseases affecting the nerves and muscles such as muscular dystrophy and motor neuron disease far more accurately and easily by non-specialists and with far less pain to patients.
Maddison have initially been involved in the mechanical and industrial design aspects of the first proof of principle prototype and continue to be involved in addressing the technical and usability challenges of the project going forward. For more detail see their website www.microemg.com.
Maddison has a wide range of experience developing invasive medical devices including intraocular cannulas, microneedle injections systems, surgical devices and electrical stimulation treatment systems as well as many diagnostics platforms.