Samantha Music has created a product to reduce the risk of X-ray exposure for patients who undergo spinal cord surgery.
Music, a biomedical engineering major at the Stevens Institute of Technology and Wayne resident, entered a device she created into the Start Something Challenge. Entrepreneurs enter their products in an attempt to gain real-world experience and improve their chosen field of study or vocation.
Music and a few classmates created the device, which also more accurately measures a person’s range of motion after having spinal cord surgery.
The device moves up a patient’s spine and tracks his or her range of motion post surgery. X-rays are normally taken to measure a patient’s range of motion.
“We want to get it out there so people should start using it because we want to save people from unnecessarily getting X-rays,” Music said. “Our device is more accurate and it gives a more precise reading too.”
The device is hooked up to a computer and the results can be digitally recorded.
Music and a classmate founded a company, Versor Inc., and plan on manufacturing the device. They also received a preliminary patent for the device. They want to have the federal Food and Drug Administration approve the device.
The pair received second place and $7,500 in the Start Something Challenge for their invention.
“There are a lot of things out there in the medical community that need to be fixed but we honed in on the problem of we did because we really believe in it,” Music said.