Volume 94 Issue 4 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 25, 2016 | Web Date: January 19, 2016

Wireless, Biodegradable Sensors Monitor Brain Pressure

Materials: Devices could improve care available to victims of gunshots, car accidents, and other traumatic head injuries
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Brain, sensor, pressure, biodegradable, wireless

A 30-member research team that includes chemists, engineers, and medical doctors has unveiled implantable wireless sensors that biodegrade within the body (Nature 2016, DOI: 10.1038/nature16492). Such sensors could help doctors better monitor brain pressure, which is critical during care for severe head trauma caused by gunshots, car crashes, and other injuries, the team says.

Doctors can already monitor brain pressure with implantable sensors that don’t degrade, but the new devices, which disappear after . . .

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