Scanning Acoustic Imaging Guided Therapeutic Ultrasound for Accelerated Fracture Healing


Low bone mass affects more than 54 million men and women in the US. Consequences such as fractures of the hip and vertebrae can be fatal. 24% of those who suffer a hip fracture will die within 1 year. After 6 months, only 15% can walk unaided. Hip fractures are the single largest reason for nursing home admissions.


Dr. Yi-Xian Qin, professor at Stony Brook University invented SCAN1 which is a new diagnostic and therapeutic device that utilizes the properties of low energy ultrasound to quantify bone mineral density, predict future risk and quality of bone. The out comes of this project will provide underlying mechanisms for guided ultrasound in localized treatment of skeletal diseases.


Early and accurate diagnosis of bone density and bone quality loss will permit osteoporosis to be diagnosed in a timely manner, enabling appropriate prevention and treatment methodologies to be employed.


The device allows for the wrist or heel to be scanned in less than 5 minutes.

Patent Status

Provisional Pending

Stage Of Development

SCAN1 is available as a clinical prototype.

Licensing Potential

We seek to develop and commercialize by an exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement and/or sponsored research with a company active in the area.

Licensing Status

Available for License

Additional Info  
Patent Information:
Case ID: R8082
For Information, Contact:
Donna Tumminello
Assistant Director
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Yi -Xian Qin
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