The development of advanced diagnostic tools is especially important, as the lack of early cartilage damage diagnosis and untreated or incorrectly treated joint injury often leads to osteoarthritis at a later stage. This has high impact when young patients have a trauma due accident or sport injury.
The MIRACLE team is developing and assembling multiple technologies in the first mid-infrared attenuated total reflection (MIR-ATR) instrument for arthroscopic use. This new device will improve recognition of damaged cartilage especially at earlier stages with better accuracy, reliability, and reproducibility compared to currently applied methods. Accurate cartilage evaluation will allow surgeons to make a better and objective decision regarding the treatment, enhancing patient’s wellbeing. It is also expected that by improving the examination of the damage, MIRACLE will reduce the current need for follow-up surgery.