Dynamic Compressor

A dynamic compression system for correction of pectus carinatum deformity

The Problem

Pectus carinatum, or pigeon chest, is a disorder that affects over 6,000 children each year. Surgery is only an option in the most severe cases. There are a number of braces that have been developed that are only marginally effective in repairing this disorder. The biggest problems are patient compliance, “how hard to push on the chest”, and “how many months can the patient expect to wear the brace.”

The Solution

The Dynamic Compressor. Magnets-In-Me, Inc. has entered into a joint venture with Pectus Innovative Technologies, a company that has developed a successful pectus carinatum brace. The brace uses a pressure sensing device to help the physician create an accurate adjustment schedule for the patient. This brace will incorporate MIM monitoring that continuously records and transfers pressure data to the physician’s office. This new technology will allow for a much more sophisticated means to monitor compliance and the repair of the disorder. The brace is a class I device and was determined to be  510(k)-exempt by the FDA.

Under Development

The Dynamic Compressor is currently being re-designed. The existing design has too many screws, plates and adjustments. It also uses a potentially uncomfortable shoulder strap. The device uses a large monitoring attachment to measure pressure. We propose to simplify the structure of the device and make it more comfortable to wear. We also want to utilize the monitoring system under development for the pectus excavatum device for testing and observing pressure changes while it is being worn. We believe that this continuous monitoring device will improve results by enabling the physician to determine how often and for what duration the patient wears the brace. It will also monitor for minute changes to the tension on the brace.