MeDaVinci, a firm based out of Liverpool, England, has told Amy Tenderich at DiabetesMine that the company is developing a foot scanner to help diabetics watch for dangerous signs of infection and inflammation. The Vincent 50 is very much reminiscent of the FootSafe, a submission to this years’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge.
Company spokesman Ger Biesbrouck writes to me from Amsterdam that his team was “quite surprised” to discover the video entry in this year’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge on the FootSafe foot scanner, because his team believed they had no competition with this type of foot scanner.
What’s different about the Vincent 50, I’m told, is that it makes “non weight-bearing” images of the foot, so professionals can get a better view of possible damages. “See what is happening if you press your hand against a glass,” Ger writes. “It turns white, but you would like to see the red aspect.“ When the patient has to stand on the scanner, the pressure itself alters the image. Without pressure, the image shows every aspect of the foot and skin, pure and simple.