22 Jul '16, 7pm

Smart, #sensor infused thread can gather diagnostic data from human tissue

Smart, #sensor infused thread can gather diagnostic data from human tissue

Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease , diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications. Now engineers at Tufts University have gone one step further with the invention of “smart” thread that actually can be woven into human tissue to collect diagnostic data, taking implantable technology to a whole other level. Unlike typical implantable technology, which generally is localized to an area for a specific purpose, threads can access multiple layers of tissue to sample interstitial fluid and direct it to sensing threads that collect data, such as pH and glucose levels. The threads also can be conductive, which means they can deliver the data to a flexible wireless transmitter sitting on top of a person’s skin. “The ability to suture a thre...

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