February 27, 2014
A team of researchers at the University of Washington in St. Louis has developed an implantable device in the heart that can, for example, predict an impending heart attack. The most unusual thing about this invention is that it has been created with a fairly common 3D printer.
The device, a three-dimensional elastic membrane made of a soft and flexible silicone material, is exactly shaped to fit the epicardium of the heart (the outer layer of the wall of this organ). In this kind of covering or jacket for the heart, small sensors are printed (with the 3D printer) that can be used to measure temperature, pH or even cause a pulse of electrical energy in cases of arrhythmia.
via A high-tech jacket for the heart.
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