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March 28, 2010

New Sensors Stick to Organs

New sensors that stick onto organs deliver better diagnosis and control of medical conditions ranging from heart problems to epilepsy, new research has found. A new generation of flexible miniaturised devices, being developed in collaboration between physicians and engineers at the Uni

By cms admin

New sensors that stick onto organs deliver better diagnosis and control of medical conditions ranging from heart problems to epilepsy, new research has found.

A new generation of flexible miniaturised devices, being developed in collaboration between physicians and engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, might also be useful for monitoring a variety of other organs, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers.

These systems have wires running to hundreds or thousands of tiny electrodes that are far smaller than those seen in devices today, and are flexible enough to stick and hold to wet human tissue.

The devices have the potential to create a new kind of pacemaker that will allow for better control of abnormal heart rhythms.

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