MIRACLE can be used for patient cases where the surgeon wants to assess the quality of cartilage lesion, the result determining further action to be undertaken. These patients will be recommended to arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery procedure on a joint in which an evaluation and eventually treatment of cartilage damage is performed. Patients can be referred to arthroscopy due to trauma accident, diagnosis based on X-ray, MRI and symptoms or inconclusive diagnosis.
For example, MRI is usually performed before surgery but it may overestimate or underestimate the severity of cartilage lesion, which can be clarified during arthroscopy. The arthroscopy procedure is not performed as health checkup or based only on symptoms. MIRACLE device has been developed to focus on knee arthroscopy. However, there are possibilities to miniaturize the developed probe, further enabling the use of the device on other joints with smaller sizes. The most promising case for MIRACLE solution usage is post-traumatic assessment due to sport or accident injury.