View all updates Apr 27, 2019

Thursday Meetup Report

Last Thursday, we met up at the Red Victorian as part of the NeurotechX meet up (thanks Micah!). I gave a talk on Spectra, Marion and I did a live demonstration, then we had a biomedical imaging discussion group and round table. Thanks also to John Naulty for your recent Linux compatibility contribution at openeit.github.io.

Upcoming Hacknight and NeuroTechSF Meetup!

One of the upshots of the Thursday Meetup is that we’re starting a biweekly hacknight, where we play with Spectra and work on a few projects that were suggested. All are welcome, though we have a limited number of devices right now and encourage everyone to back the campaign. Join us at the NeuroTechSF Meetup!

Can we make healthcare better?

The incentives within US healthcare are largely based on increasing profit margins for health insurers, and aren’t necessarily aligned with the health outcomes in patients. It seems we need to rethink how healthcare works so that profit and health outcomes are aligned.

Here are a few examples of how the current health system is broken:

  • The operating theater has barely changed in 30 years. Why not?! So much has happened in technology in other areas!
  • Large medical device companies aren’t incentivized to release new or better tools if their existing tools are more expensive.
  • In many hospitals, they reward bonuses based on number of procedures or issuing of expensive pharmaceuticals, not whether or not those procedures and pharmaceuticals are warranted.
  • There is no transparency for patients on how much procedures will cost, or whether their insurance will cover them.
  • The path to innovation in the medical devices space is often very long compared to the rest of technology, which disincentivizes investors and entrepreneurs from getting involved - indeed I’m more tempted toward the industrial applications despite really loving the medical device field. Whilst we should certainly maintain high standards and be safe, is there a faster way to innovate in this space?

One of the major costs in MRIs and CATSCANS is the infrastructure around them, from helium quenching chambers to dedicated technicians and radiologists. Whilst an open source biomedical imaging device is not competing with a CATSCAN right now, as it makes no pretence of being diagnostic (that’s a much longer path to market), what it shows is that perhaps the technology itself is accessible, and can move forward quite fast. It can only move forward fast ironically, whilst it makes no distinct diagnostic claims as then you’d have longer term clinical trials and insurance reimbursements to focus on.

If we all had a cheap, safe, accessible, and portable biomedical imager, something like the tricorder in Star Trek, we could take a very different approach to preventative medicine. What if we could do yearly or even more frequent body scans to find ‘suspect’ areas - using the data acquired and machine learning to advise you whether to get a more indepth set of tests from your local hospital? This could play a great role in keeping us all healthy, as well as decreasing costs for health providers.

Take this as an invitation to support the Spectra campaign to make this world a reality.

Learn More on the Main Spectra Campaign Page


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Spectra Starter Kit

This kit has everything you need to get started experimenting with biomedical imaging, including a small tank phantom, 32-channel flex electrode array, USB cable, and fully assembled, flashed, and tested Spectra board that works with easy-to-install open source host software.


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Spectra Deluxe Kit

The whole deal, ready to go. You get everything in the Spectra Starter Kit, plus a custom portable enclosure, an electrode expansion adapter, and a 32-channel, gold-plated electrode cable for performing EIT scans on almost anything, anywhere!


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Expansion Kit

This kit includes an electrode expansion adapter and a 32-channel, gold-plated electrode cable (the same as those included in the Spectra Deluxe Kit). The expansion adapter lets you patch out to a standard 0.1" header so you can connect it anyway you want to anything you want. The 32-electrode cable allows you to stick the device on a variety of conductive objects of different sizes as each electrode is independent, gold-plated, and protected by an insulated injection molded cover. The expansion kit gives you the flexibility you need for nearly any experiment.

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Mindseye Biomedical

Mindseye Biomedical creates new tools in non-invasive biomedical imaging and neuroscience and offers engineering consulting services. Working toward the democratization of biomedical imaging through an open source ideology.


Jean Rintoul

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