HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
3/19/2014

A research team led by Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Lewis has developed a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable device that can give doctors feedback about life-threatening irregularities occurring inside someone's heart. This photo shows sensors embedded in the silicon membrane that could provide stimulation to the surface of the heart.  (Source: Washington University/St. Louis)
A research team led by Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Lewis has developed a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable device that can give doctors feedback about life-threatening irregularities occurring inside someone’s heart. This photo shows sensors embedded in the silicon membrane that could provide stimulation to the surface of the heart.
(Source: Washington University/St. Louis)

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
More heart technology innovation
Elizabeth M   3/19/2014 7:19:46 AM
NO RATINGS
This is an interesting follow-up to another story I wrote about heart-valve technology that flexes like a real heart valve: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=272112

There is a lot of new innovation happening in the area of artificial heart technology and other technology to help people with heart problems, as well as technology to improve other artificial limbs. This one especially is really interesting, because it marks a possible breakthrough in treatment for people with chronic heart problems. I'd be curious to see what those in the medical field think about this.

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: More heart technology innovation
Debera Harward   3/19/2014 2:05:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Elizebeth for such an interesting post  , No doubt 3d technology is being used for a number of good and life saving purposes . I was just aware that this technology is being used in medical in terms of transpants of the organs and dentistry but ths smart membrane is really very innovative method of detecting heart problems.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: More heart technology innovation
Elizabeth M   3/20/2014 8:11:05 AM
NO RATINGS
You're welcome, Debera. I didn't know this technology was used for other applications, so it's good to know that now. And yes, the heart application is really fascinating and could do a lot to help people with chronic heart conditions in terms of quality of life, I think.

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
3-D SMART MEMBRANE
bobjengr   3/20/2014 5:28:57 PM
NO RATINGS
Excellent post Elizabeth.  Several years ago my father, age 84 at that time, underwent emergency surgery for a heart valve replacement.   He was a candidate due to his overall physical condition.  Today he is 91 and probably has a stronger heart than I.  Medical engineering and medical technology absolutely amaze me and the application of 3-D printing to these fascinating fields indicates what a marvelous place and future "addititive" manufacturing has.  I really appreciate the information and had no idea engineers and doctors were working towards this type of preventative medicine. 

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Other Applications
Greg M. Jung   3/21/2014 5:41:18 PM
NO RATINGS
In addition to applications in the heart area, perhaps other areas of the body could also benefit from this electrical technology.  Maybe patients who suffer from certain conditions in the brain (such as epilepsy) could also use the monitoring and sensing provided by this development in the future. 

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: Other Applications
Debera Harward   3/23/2014 4:33:13 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes Greg, This is really a vast field and its just the begining . This technology will surely bring wonders in medical sciences and it will be a lot help to the patients who are suffering with chronic diseases .

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Other Applications
Elizabeth M   3/24/2014 4:07:14 AM
NO RATINGS
That is a good idea, Greg. I am sure there would be some other considerations to the technology when dealing with the delicate conditions of the brain, but I am sure it could be modified to this area of the body. I just wrote about technology to help people with migraines that is used externally to stimulate a key cranial nerve (stay tuned--the story hasn't posted online yet) so maybe something like that could be modified for internal use for epilepsy or other disorders.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: 3-D SMART MEMBRANE
Elizabeth M   3/24/2014 4:32:40 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, bobjengr, for your comment and the great story about your dad. I'm so glad to hear things went well and he remains so healthy. Some of these innovations are truly amazing and it's for operations like the one he had that this research is so beneficial. And as you mention, to prevent problems before operations like heart-valve replacements are necessary can lead to an even greater good.

AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re : 3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
AnandY   3/25/2014 5:23:07 AM
NO RATINGS
@ bobjengr, good to know your father weathered that valve replacement surgery and has stronger heart now. It seems good to have some heart problem and come out with stronger heart. On a serious note, application of 3-D printing to medical engineering is bearing fruit which is good and has great prospects in future.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Re : 3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Elizabeth M   3/25/2014 5:28:56 AM
NO RATINGS
Actually, bobjengr, you bring up a good point that I raised in a story I wrote awhile back on the Bionic Man: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=270180


There is an idea in the medical field that human replacement parts (prosthetics and other artificial parts) are not just making humans equal to the strength they had before the replacement, but actually stronger. So your dad would be a case in point--his heart may be even stronger now not only than his diseased heart, but even the heart he originally had from birth. So then there becomes an ethical question in medicine, whether it's OK to start making people not just whole again human-wise, but even super human.

I think it's quite an interesting debate, but personally think a lot of what medicine is doing in this respect is amazing.

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6 -- a joint collaboration between Google and Motorola.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation call this deep learning.
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service