Balter Medical AS was established in Bergen, Norway in 2001 by Prof. Jakob J. Stamnes and Prof. Knut Stamnes.
Its purpose is to develop and commercialize medical applications of the Optical Transfer Theory, this is a mathematical modeling technique using digital photographic images (pictures) to understand the properties of the subject in the picture.
The first application is a device to assist in the diagnosis of Melanoma.
Balter Medical AS has successfully developed a rigorous medical imaging device & diagnostic algorithm, called Optical Transfer Diagnosis (OTD), for detecting anomalies in human tissue.
Balter's OTD device continues to perform very well in Clinical Studies designed to support the diagnosis of Melanoma.
Balter Medical anticipates commercialization of its Melanoma device in 2013 following a large scale international pivotal trial.
OTD gives the user real-time information about the examined tissue.
The technology is completely safe, non-invasive and no pretreatment is required.
The OTD may be applied in many clinical diagnostic procedures where the naked eye or simple photographic imaging is not sufficient for an accurate diagnosis, especially suitable for skin or near-surface internal examinations and surgeries..
The OTD is a platform technology that can be applied to a broad array of optical diagnostic instruments for tissue characterization in multiple organ systems. In addition cosmetic, forensic and industrial applications are imagined.
Future medical applications may include endoscopy mounting of the camera for the interrogation and diagnosis of internal tissues abnormalities such as lungs, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, esophagus, oral and cervical mucousal membranes.