28 Feb '14, 10am

Electronic membrane monitors heart health

Electronic membrane monitors heart health

The team, led by Dr Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis and Dr John Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has created an elastic membrane that can be pulled over the whole heart, to monitor electrical activity and even warn of an impending heart attack. The elastic membrane is made of a soft, flexible silicon material embedded with tiny sensors that can measure temperature, mechanical strain and pH, or deliver a pulse of electricity in cases of arrhythmia. While current devices are 'one size fits all', the researchers believe their solution is superior because it can be customised to fit each individual patient. Dr Efimov explained: "With this application, we image the patient's heart through MRI or CT scan, then computationally extract the image to build a 3D model that we can print on a 3D printer. We then mould the shape of the membrane...

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