OCC Software
Measurement between the Basion and Dens of the Occipito-Cervical as an indicator of soft tissue damage resulting from trauma.

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View U.S. Patent No. US 10145799B2 in PDF format.



Dr. Zhenrong Zang

Department of Physics

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IRL Level 9

IP Readiness Level 

  • Enabling Claims Allowed

SRL Level 5

Scientific Readiness Level 

  • Experimental Results

PRL Level 5

Product Readiness Level 

  • Proof of Concept

MRL Level 4

Market Readiness Level

  • Accessible Markets


A highly compatible software system for automatically analyzing medical images and alerting physicians to the presence of occipito-cervical injuries often missed in standard patient care.  During routine scans the software systematically measures the distance between the Basion and Dens of the OCC for indication of abnormal anatomical geometry and soft tissue damage.

Problem Addressed

Current solution involves manual determination by a physician or radiologist, however, the process can be tedious, time-consuming, and susceptible to human error, despite the highest level of medical training, skill, and experience.  If OCC damage is not quickly and properly diagnosed and treated, it can progress quickly and be fatal. 


  • Automates detection and assesses risk levels from medical images

  • Increases speed and accuracy of OCC injury diagnosis

  • Precise and accurate results not capable by the naked eye

  • Compatible with existing instrumentation

  • Minimizes technical expertise requirements


  • Analyzing medical images for occipito-cervical injuries

  • Platform for the development of other applications related to the diagnosis of abnormal anatomical geometries and injury

Stage of Development

This proof-of-concept system has been tested and a full set of functions have been demonstrated in the lab.


Business Opportunity

  • Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent Application 20140133726A1 from Baylor.

  • License available as a Blueprints No-hassle Limited Exclusive License from Baylor.

  • Licensees may have the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with the inventors.

  • Testing data may be available to companies evaluating the technology.

  • Blueprints guides businesses through licensing and follow-on research; services provided at no cost​.

Notable Mentions
Highly rated by 3rd party commercialization potential assessor.


Rich Jarvis

Technology Licensing


Intellectual Property

OCC Software



Dr. Brian Garner

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering

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