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3D Printed Heart Implant Tells Your Smartphone If You're Having A Heart Attack

Remember those film scenes where a doctor shouts, “Clear,” when putting defibrillator pads on a person'...

3D Printed Heart Implant Tells Your Smartphone If You're Having A Heart Attack

Remember those film scenes where a doctor shouts, “Clear,” when putting defibrillator pads on a person's chest? Well, those scenes are over, at least in real life.

 

Researchers from the University of Illinois and Washington University are working on an ambitious project, creating a heart implant using MRI and CT scans of a patient's heart, forming a 3D-print model from the data, and making a wrap-like implant that is inserted in the patient's chest.

 

The result – a saved life.

 

When a person has a heart attack, electrodes in the implant, paired with algorithms that detect heart problems, give a definition of what is happening to the heart. Once these sensors pair with smartphones, doctors and patients get real-time data from the heart. And, this solution is powered from the heart itself. Researchers hope to use “energy-scavenging protocols,” and piezoelectric technology.


 

In the video below, observe a rabbit's heart beating outside of its body, wrapped in a custom-designed implant membrane of sensors and electrodes.

 

 

 

 

Wanna know more? Visit: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-u-i-scientists-use-3-d-printer-help-create-prototype-next-gen-pacemaker

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