Georgia Patent of the Month – January 2022

Compression garments are used in a variety of therapeutic applications. For instance, some people with diabetes wear compression socks to help maintain pressure, balance blood flow to the feet and prevent swelling. Other compression garments are used to prevent injury. However, if a compression garment is too tight, it can cause restricted circulation or even break the skin, creating a risky infection site. This means the garment needs to be both tight enough and not too tight. LymphaTech, Inc. has developed a system that provides the most accurate sizing for compression garments.

LymphaTech is a healthcare technology company focused on improving healthcare by simplifying and automating measurements of compression garments. They’ve developed algorithms which more accurately measure human geometry and implemented this within an easy to use mobile app.

The company achieves this accuracy through digital imaging. Their system identifies anatomical landmarks within digital images and uses these to measure the person’s size and proportions as accurately as possible. These measurements include contour, volume, and overall size for the body part. These landmarks are used to generate a single 3D reconstruction by piecing images together. The company has developed an automated system for identifying these landmarks, removing the need for a human employee to review each image. The system then evaluates the optimal compression garment by testing different elasticities and shapes. The automation of landmark identification allows the wearer to conduct this analysis at home, tracking their optimal compression garment size over time to keep up with any changes in the body. With accurate and up to date information, a user can always ensure they are wearing the correct size garment, and reduce the risks of wearing the incorrect size.

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