Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is a joint disease that more contributes to the global disability and affects an estimated 242 million people worldwide. A large part of this population is senior which is highly susceptible to bone diseases will substantially drive the demand for these devices. The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050 the population over 60 years of age will reach 2 billion thereby booming the need for arthroscopic devices.

The growing prevalence of this disease is driving the demand for arthroscopy devices so it’s imperative to treat osteoarthritis adequately using a multidisciplinary approach designed to the patient’s needs. With this escalating trend, the orthopaedic devices market is certain to witness a strong growth. Therefore the increasing popularity of minimally invasive surgical procedures has boosted the usage of arthroscopy devices globally.

Miniaturized MIR-ATR probe with innovative hook-like design facilitating transfer into clinical practice.

Facing this reality, MIRACLE Project is developing and assembling multiple technologies in the first mid-infrared attenuated total reflection (MIR-ATR) instrument for arthroscopic use. The developed technologies include several innovative photonics components such as miniaturized MIR-ATR probe, QCLs and Main Unit electronics to integrate these unique elements. These advanced technologies can be employed beyond our MIR-ATR arthroscopy spectrometer system, opening new horizons for several fields such as medical equipment, environment, pharmaceutic, biotechnology, process optimization and many more.

By combining all this technologies, MIRACLE Project is not only empowering surgery practice and promoting patient well-being but also placing Europe at the forefront of photonics technology.