Medical device based on microwave technology for prevention and diagnosis of diseases

Desarrollado por: Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Hospital Clinic de Barcelona - IDIBAPS


The invention consists in the integration of a microwave system in a medical device for imaging and tissue characterization purposes. It covers the apparatus engaged to the distal end of the medical device and the methods used for visualization and its integration with the existing device. Microwave imaging provides contactless imaging and tissue characterization capabilities with a fair tradeoff between resolution and penetration. It exploits a new contrast mechanism based on the electrical properties of tissues that is specifically important between healthy and pathological tissues.

• improve the early diagnosis

• real-time information during the procedure

• detect hidden tumors and flat polyps

Estado de protección


Patent application filed.

Technology ownership shared among Universitat Pompeu Fabra (60%), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (20%) and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (20%).

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External market experts demonstrate that medical imaging market shows a continuous and sustainable growth. According to a 2013 TriMark Study, the current volume of this market is on 20B€, it is predicted to reach 26B€ in 2017 and to spike to over 30B€ by 2019.

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