IPad optical scanner helps measure blood loss during surgery

11/7/2012 | Anesthesiology News

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have developed an optical scanner for Apple's iPad tablet computer that can help accurately measure blood loss during surgery. Researchers said that based on confirmation tests using spectrophotometry, the algorithm reduced variability in measuring blood loss compared with standard human visual estimates and performed well with high blood volumes. A startup company called Gauss Surgical is working to further develop the test, with the aim of putting it in the clinical setting late this year or early next year.

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