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1. (WO2018041761) SURFACE ANALYSIS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANALYSING ELASTICITY OF A RECEIVING SURFACE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/041761    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/071510
Publication Date: Fri Mar 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 29 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61B 5/00
G01N 3/00
G01N 33/483
Applicants: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
Inventors: PELSSERS, Eduard Gerard Marie
HENDRIKS, Cornelis Petrus
HILGERS, Achim
JOHNSON, Mark Thomas
VAN DEN ENDE, Daan Anton
VAN DE MOLENGRAAF, Roland Alexander
Title: SURFACE ANALYSIS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANALYSING ELASTICITY OF A RECEIVING SURFACE
Abstract:
The invention provides a surface analysis device for application to a receiving surface to enable analysis of at least one measure of an elasticity of said surface across multiple different linear stretches or sections of the surface. The device includes a two- dimensional arrangement of actuators and sensors, comprising at least one actuating element, at least one sensing element, and at least one further sensing or actuating element. Selected sets of two or more of these elements are activated together by a controller, each set including at least one actuator and one sensor, to thereby obtain a measure of elasticity between each actuator and sensor pair in the set. Elasticity measures are obtained based on stimulating a deformation in the receiving surface at the actuator site, and measuring a resultant pressure and/or force exerted by the receiving surface at a further displaced point. Sensors may monitor a change in the exerted pressure and/or force for example.