An innovative medical device to monitor the real-time performance of bone implants has been developed through a collaboration of US researchers and successfully tested on animals.

The Smart Hip, developed by an engineering doctoral student from the University of Porto in Portugal, aims to reduce the number of surgical interventions in the hip area and recreate bone tissue.

The device uses non-invasive methods to detect an implant’s eventual problems and to stimulate bone growth, improving the quality of life for patients and reducing the risk of further surgery.

The Smart Hip is a network of capsules, which will be externally controlled through a wireless system by a physician, measuring sensors and actuators that are placed on the hip implant.

Once a doctor has activated it, through a computer connected to a Bluetooth device, the Smart Hip components send information that can help prevent eventual problems after surgery, according to ScienceDaily.

The Smart Hip was developed in collaboration with researchers from the INEGI, in partnership with the Universities of Aveiro, Évora and Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro and patented by the University of Porto.