MIRACLE can be used for clinical cases where patients are recommended to undergo arthroscopy and the surgeon needs to assess the quality of cartilage lesion to determine whether further action has to be taken.
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 check-up or based only on symptoms.
MIRACLE device has been developed to focus on knee arthroscopy. However, it is possible to miniaturise the developed probe, further enabling the use of the device on smaller joints. The most promising application for MIRACLE is post-traumatic assessment due to sport or accident injury.