FDA clears portable brain monitoring information system


lucid_imageThe US Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) for the Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System. The Lucid System is the first FDA cleared fully portable all-in-one ultrasound system designed for rapid triaging and monitoring of patients with brain disorders. The system is the first product that Neural Analytics will sell commercially.

“Neural Analytics’ Lucid System is the first truly portable ultrasound system to assess brain blood flow, and is the first product we will commercialise in the United States,” says Leo Petrossian, chief executive officer of Neural Analytics. “This is a significant milestone for our organisation, and more importantly, represents a step forward in improving the care of all patients suffering from blood flow disorders.”

The Lucid System uses a type of ultrasound called Trans Cranial Doppler to assess the brain’s blood vessels from outside the body. This analysis is non-invasive, can be performed in the physician’s office, and can help the physician diagnose brain disorders, potentially without the need for additional, more invasive tests. Many significant brain disorders, such as severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), are caused by blood flow disruption. The Lucid System is a battery operated medical grade tablet device designed to be moved easily throughout a medical facility in a range of settings that require the rapid assessment of blood flow in the brain to expedite treatment.

“The Lucid System offers the ability to accurately measure the flow of blood in the brain, which is critical to assess and monitor patients suspected of severe brain conditions,” says Neil Martin, chief medical officer of Neural Analytics, and chief of Neurosurgery at the University of California Los Angeles, USA. “Thanks to the portability of the product, for the first time, clinicians will be able to bring this level of care directly to the patient prior to the need for more complex and invasive tests.”

Globally each year severe blood flow disorders affect more than 30 million people. TBI and stroke contribute the most to the global disease burden for these disorders. There are 2.5 million people affected by TBI each year in the United States, with 14.8 million people affected globally. The cost of TBI care in the USA alone totals US$77 billion annually and, reliable triage and timely treatment remains unavailable for a vast majority of these patients. Stroke affects about 16 million people and kill an estimated 5.7 million, with an annual US healthcare cost of US$104 billion.