Medical device product development is advancing with the help of sophisticated computational algorithms that translate signals detected by non-invasive electrical and optical sensors into meaningful health data and images.

We’ve written before about how computing power is being used to augment  and magnify the relatively crude information that current sensing technology can gather. Reflectance Medical  has recently been in the news for obtaining FDA approval of their CareGuide oximeter. The technology uses reflectance of near-infrared light from muscle tissue as the input to a system that translates the signals into levels of muscle oxygen saturation, muscle pH and blood hematocrit.

Look for medical devices to increasingly incorporate computing power to enhance signal data and provide more and better ways to monitor physiology non-invasively.