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Web Date: March 8, 2011

Monitoring The Heart

Flexible sensors on balloon catheters boost data gathering during procedures
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: materials, electronics, flexible

Balloon catheters outfitted with a stretchable electronic sensor can provide new and better data about the heart during clinical procedures, researchers report (Nat. Mater., DOI: 10.1038/nmat2971). The sensor—which so far has been used only in animal studies—is fashioned from otherwise hard and rigid material that can bend and stretch when the catheters are inflated.

The researchers, led by John A. Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, constructed . . .

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