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Digital device for uv/vis signal classification in diagnostics of benign diseases and tuberculosis

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To develop digital device for uv/vis signal classification in diagnostics of benign diseases and tuberculosis and start to produce new product for medical devices marketIt is well known that the diagnostic method precision is often in direct proportion to its invasiveness, therefore as such it is the last one to use. Therefore, during long time period, the hard work is being done on developing and finding of supplementary diagnostic methods which are less invasive, but usually less precise as well. Regarding that all the methods have their advantages and disadvantages and that none of them is either 100% reliable or uniform, the final diagnosis is always made by using and referring to several different diagnostical methods. The problem of making a right diagnose is solved by developing new, quick, screening diagnostic methods which facilitate and speed up the usual standard clinical procedure. New, quick, screening diagnostic method i.e. UV VIS diagnostics obtained by scanning of pleural effussions and ascites and combined with MF analysis was already developed as a new computer-aided decission-assistant system for diagnosis of malignant diseases and it is introduced in every day-clinical praxis. One huge area is left uncovered: the fast and simple UV/vis diagnostics of benign diseases and tuberculosis from pleural effussions and ascites. Pleural effusions occur as a result of increased fluid formation and/or reduced fluid resorption. The precise pathophysiology of fluid accumulation varies according to underlying aetiologies. As the differential diagnosis for a unilateral pleural effusion is wide, a systematic approach to investigation is necessary. The aim is to establish a diagnosis swiftly while minimising unnecessary invasive investigations and facilitating treatment, avoiding the need for repeated therapeutic aspirations when possible. Ascites is the pathologic accumulation of fluid within the peritoneal cavity. Because many diseases can cause ascites, in particular cirrhosis, samples of ascitic fluid are commonly analyzed in order to develop a differential diagnosis. Although it is curable, tuberculosis remains one of the most frequent causes of pleural effusions on a global scale, especially in developing countries. Tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE) is one of the most common forms of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The goal of the project is to develop Digital Device for UV/Vis Signal Classification in Diagnostics of Benign Diseases and Tuberculosis (DIDIB), to introduce it in every day clinical praxis and start to produce new product for medical devices market.
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