Case Study – Marchbanks Medical Systems

Item: Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) Analyser

As a customer of Eurofins Hursley for nearly 20 years, Marchbanks Medical Systems came to us to test a system they had been working on for a few years.

Device background

After discovering that there is a fluid link between the brain and ear, Marchbanks Medical Systems developed a device that enables doctors to detect life-threatening head injuries and infections without the need for surgery or spinal procedures. While the system is being trialled as part of a major study at Southampton General Hospital, the company has also been working with NASA and the UK Space Agency to see if it could help tackle space-related visual problems and sickness that astronauts often experience after leaving earth.

Major Tim Peake, who became the first British-funded astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station (ISS), was one of the first to trial the new device during his recent space trip, along with crew members Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko.

Checks were conducted on the astronauts by NASA before they left earth, after 45 days in space, 45 days before their return and again when they landed back on earth. These checks were then repeated at the Johnson Space Centre.

Eurofins Hursley’s involvement

The Eurofins Hursley team were extremely proud to work with Marchbanks Medical Systems to perfect the system. Based on work at our Hursley labs, we have been able to help Marchbanks Medical Systems make major improvements to a number of iterations of the system. As a result, the device is now extremely reliable, robust and causes no interference with any electronic devices within space labs.

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