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Nerve races: Mediracer plans to revolutionize point-of-care neurophysiology

A smiling Yoko Keränen wraps a disposable electrode around her finger. “Traditionally, carpal tunnel syndrome has always been tested with a simple measurement in hospitals. However, distance has often been a problem, since many patients live outside of town, often hundreds of kilometers away. Mediracer was founded in 2002 to solve this problem and to find a cost-effective way to offer neurophysiology testing and to allow for diagnosis in local health centers.” She fastens a Velcro strap and plugs two adjoining cords to a white device, roughly the size of a small credit card swiper. Yoko Keränen is the Chief Business Development Officer at Mediracer Ltd.

“After extensive product development and testing, we released the Mediracer NCS, which finally enables point-of-care testing and diagnose for patients with CTS, and minimizes the amount of device training needed for the staff.” The idea behind the device is simple: two separate nerves run from your fingers to your wrist, give stimulations to the nerves and the device measures the speed of responses in these nerves. If the speed differs from the norm, the device indicates a possible nerve entrapment – you might have carpal tunnel syndrome. “This is the single most sensitive nerve measurement in the world, and the easiest to learn how to use.”

Next stop: Japan

Aimed at the professional market, the device is used by nurses in health centers, and a doctor gives the diagnosis based on measurement data and clinical data. Keränen continues to explain as she demonstrates the device and how to measure the nerve. “It is a niche market, of course – but nevertheless it’s a growing one. And, with the technology now in place, we are looking at bringing in additional users.”

Mediracer NCS has launched in Europe, with sales in Finland, the UK, Denmark and Sweden. “We’re currently looking into Japan, where there’s a dynamic market for CTS measurement. We’re still at the beginning, but things are looking really good.”

In a few minutes, the demonstration is over as quickly as it began. Yoko doesn’t have carpal tunnel syndrome.