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IntuiTap eliminates the guesswork, frustration, and pain from spinal punctures.


Spinal punctures are inaccurate and inefficient



The current technique requires physicians to palpate the patient's vertebrae and blindly insert a needle. This method is highly unpredictable and unreliable resulting in first attempt successes in only 40-60% of cases. 



Inaccurate needle placement and multiple insertion attempts increase the likelihood of complications such as post dural puncture headaches, improper placement and injection of a drug, and contaminated fluid samples rendering them useless for diagnosis. 



The uncertainty of the procedure results in cases being deprioritized in the ER, causing a delay in treatment and resulting in patients occupying valuable beds for hours at a time. Additionally,  over 45% of patients requiring a spinal tap in the ED are sent to radiology to have the procedure performed under fluoroscopic guidance. This causes significant bottlenecks and results in increased and unnecessary costs to the healthcare system. 


IntuiTap is the world’s first device designed for spinal punctures that integrates mapping of the spine with needle guidance to help physicians get where they need to go on the first try. 



The IntuiTap device uses tactile imaging to improve upon the current procedure by enhancing palpation to detect the vertebrae. A real-time image of the underlying bones is created and displayed conveniently on the LCD screen attached to the handheld device. 



Our device projects onto the screen exactly where the needle will end up if inserted at that location, allowing the physician to visualize precisely where they need to insert the needle for optimal success. Additionally, our incorporated needle guide helps the physician advance the needle at a consistent angle, greatly improving their chance of success.


Meet the founding team behind IntuiTap...

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Jessica was trained in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and has a strong foundation in product development and design. She has product management and design experience in a wide range of applications, including custom prosthetics, medical devices, and consumer goods. 


Nicole has a background in biomedical engineering, physics, and art from Columbia University. She has extensive experience in hardware and software development for a variety of medical devices. Nicole's specialties include biomechanics, neural engineering, and signal processing. 


Xavier is a radiologist trained at the National Center for Image Guided Therapy at Harvard. He has a business education from Harvard University and Rice University and is committed to medical device development and commercialization. 


Yashar is a mechanical engineer from the University Of Michigan who brings over ten years of experience in design and manufacturing. He has extensive experience in conventional/CNC machining and various CAD and simulation programs.

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Our all-star advisors:

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William Cohn, MD
Director, Center of Device Innovation, Johnson & Johnson
Larry Miller, MD
Founder of EZ-IO, and ER Physician 
Farzad Soleimani, MD
Staff ER Physician, Baylor College of Medicine
Eric Richardson, PhD
Medical Device Engineer and Bioengineering faculty, Rice University

Interested in joining our team? Check our our open positions here


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