Biodegradable Sensor Monitors Pressure in the Body then Disappears

Uconn Today has a new article highlighting the development of a biodegradable pressure sensor that could help doctors monitor chronic lung disease, swelling of the brain, and other medical conditions before dissolving harmlessly in a patient’s body. CICATS is pleased that three of our staff, Dr. Cato Laurencin, Dr. Chia-Ling Kuo and Dr. Kevin Wai Hong Lo, are among of the authors of the corresponding research paper. Additionally, Dr. Thanh Duc Nguyen, the paper’s senior author, is a member of CICATS Biomedical Engineering Core Interest Group.

“We are very excited because this is the first time these biocompatible materials have been used in this way. Medical sensors are often implanted directly into soft tissues and organs,” said Dr. Nguyen. “Taking them out can cause additional damage. We knew that if we could develop a sensor that didn’t require surgery to take it out, that would be really significant.”

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