A new micro-medical device has been developed by the researchers at Flinders University in Australia. The device will be used to continuously monitor blood flow during heart surgeries.
The device incorporates a tiny fibre-optic sensor for real-time measurement of blood flow. It is inserted in the skin and into the femoral artery via a small keyhole aperture.
The team claims that the heart probe could be better than the standard approaches for blood flow monitoring through aorta during long intensive care and surgical methods.
According to the researcher’s belief, the sensor-catheter device has the full potential to save lives in open heart surgery and can be used during surgery on pre-term babies.
The new device will offer advantages over the existing ones as it provides intermittent measurements of average blood flow.
For the further development of the device, the researchers are seeking industry partnership.
The team will conduct more research on the working of the new sensor under more physiological conditions. Assessment of various encapsulations focused on human safety will also be done.
Mr Vinod Arora, Principal Advisor, IGMPI
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