How big is the Sensor?
At present, the Sensor is approximately 3 mm by 16 mm; it is cylindrical with hemi-spherical ends. Future adaptations are expected to reduce the Sensor size even further.
Where will the Sensor be inserted?
We expect the Sensor to be implanted in the upper arm or abdomen.
How will the Sensor be placed under the skin?
The Sensor is designed so a physician applies local anesthetic to the insertion site and then inserts the Sensor through a sensor delivery system.
How long would the Sensor last before being replaced?
We are targeting an initial indication of up to six months of sensor wear before replacement.
How will the Sensor be removed?
As with the insertion, the Sensor is designed to be removed through a very small incision made by a physician.
If the Sensor is not in a blood vessel, how can it measure blood sugar levels?
The Sensor is intended to measure glucose in the interstitial fluid (ISF) instead of glucose in the blood. Studies have shown that ISF glucose accurately correlates with blood glucose, and therefore is a useful diagnostic measurement.
Will the body reject the Sensor (as a foreign object)?
When a foreign object is inside the body, one way the immune system responds is to “wall off” the object in a fibrotic layer. The Sensor has been specifically designed to manage the body’s response and retain its full performance ability while it is in the body.
How often will glucose measurements be taken?
The Sensor is designed for an automatic glucose measurement interval of as little as every two minutes.
When will the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System be available to the public?
Availability depends upon successful completion of clinical trials (currently underway) and approvals from the proper government regulatory authorities.