MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the oximetry technology market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ViOptix, Inc. with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for the development of the T.Ox Tissue Oximeter. It is a patent-protected, non-invasive, portable device for tissue-oxygen saturation diagnosis and monitoring. The device has broad appeal across various healthcare applications, including plastic/reconstructive surgery, intra- and post-operative tissue oxygen saturation monitoring, melanoma detection, and other critical care procedures.
The T.Ox Tissue Oximeter consists of a touchscreen display console that makes it user-friendly in various healthcare settings, including medical testing facilities and surgical areas. It aids the early detection of several tissue-related medical conditions, enabling healthcare providers to determine appropriate treatment options.
The T.Ox Tissue Oximeter leverages near-infrared (NIR) technology to assess tissue health by measuring photon scattering and absorption ratios. This way, it delivers continuous, real-time, tissue-oxygen saturation data to physicians and surgeons, helping them with both diagnosis and treatment. The use of NIR technology also eliminates the need for risky, invasive medical testing procedures that can be costly and increase patient exposure to infectious diseases.
"From an economic perspective, the use of a single device for diagnosing multiple tissue-related illnesses and improving surgical procedure effectiveness essentially delivers a strong economic value proposition," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Imran Khan. "In addition, ViOptix offers its product on a leased basis to hospitals and other microsurgical centers, which reduces the strain on these organizations' capital expenditures."
From a healthcare providers' perspective, the T.Ox Tissue Oximeter solution aids effective diagnosis and treatment of various vascular conditions. It can benefit a wide variety of medical procedures, including breast reconstructive surgeries after a mastectomy, plastic surgery, detection and assessment of peripheral vascular disease, melanoma detection and treatment, and amputation.
"Unlike other tissue oximetry products that are still in trial stages, ViOptix received Food and Drug Administration approval for its first-generation Tissue Oximeter product T.Ox in 2005," noted Khan. "Therefore, the company has first-mover advantage as a leading provider of a tissue oximetry solution that fits the diagnostic and treatment needs of a wide spectrum of healthcare providers."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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ViOptix Inc. develops, manufactures and markets innovative proprietary products for improving surgical outcomes through the non-invasive measurement of localized oxygen saturation levels in tissue. Its first product, the T.Ox Tissue Oximeter, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance in January 2005. For more information on the Company or its products, visit the Company's website at www.vioptix.com.
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