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