These Sensors Monitor Brain Injury and Then Dissolve
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Neurosurgeons and engineers have worked together to develop biodegradable sensors that can accurately track brain pressure and temperature and then be absorbed by the body.
Every year there are about 50,000 people who die of brain injuries in the United States alone.
For all cases, doctors are required to measure intracranial pressure in the brain skull with precision, as any increase may lead to further brain injury.
To date there is no way to reliably estimate pressure levels from brain scans or a patient’s clinical features.
“However, the devices commonly used today are based on technology from the 1980s,” Murphy explained. As a result, they are rather cumbersome: “They’re large, they’re unwieldy, and they have wires that connect to monitors in the intensive care unit. They give accurate readings, and they help, but there are ways to make them better.”