University of South Alabama

Balloon Sealed Device to Instill Contrast into Penetrating Traumatic Wounds for Radiographic Diagnosis of Injury



Bodily injuries can be loosely categorized as either blunt or penetrating wounds. When medical personnel deal with a penetrating wound there is a time consuming, and often invasive, diagnostic process to determine the next steps to address any internal damage. The need for this invasive diagnostic process is due to the nature of penetrating wounds: they can extend deep into the tissues of the body and thus hinder medical personnel from diagnosing the severity of the injury. This frequently necessitates exploratory surgical procedures, potentially delaying lifesaving medical care.



This technology developed at the University of South Alabama is a substantially faster, non-invasive, diagnostic method for penetrating wounds. By the use of a special sealing device, radio opaque contrast can be efficiently instilled into a penetrative wound path. This allows the diagnosis of the severity of the wound using Computerized Tomography (CT) which allows the wound to be observed via the contrast. This results in an accurate depiction of the wound path and resulting damage. By getting a more encompassing view of the wound, the appropriate care can be provided in a timely fashion. While speed of appropriate medical care is always paramount, it is especially important in a setting such as an emergency room. This device drastically reduces the time it takes to diagnose a penetrating wound, which can save a great number of lives when a timely decision by medical personnel can mean the difference between life and death.



•  Non-invasive procedure

•  Timely diagnosis of penetrating wound severity

•  Useful in Emergency Room treatment



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Andrew Byrd
University of South Alabama
Patrick Bosarge