Researchers develop by printing three-dimensional membrane save the lives of heart patients




Enables a group of researchers and engineers around the world, using three-dimensional printing technology, the development of flexible membrane distensible would assist in obtaining to predict cardiovascular disorders.

The international team of biomedical engineers and materials scientists to print tiny sensors on the membrane, these sensors are able to provide physicists with detailed information about the health of the heart.

The membrane, which can be printed three-dimensional printing technology to predict cardiac complications even before symptoms appear on the side of patients, in order to hasten the treatment if necessary.

The sensors can by measuring temperature, stress, and the level of the “PHP” pH, as well as other information, as well as able to send electrical impulses in the event of a disturbance in the patient’s heartbeat.

And led the team, “Igor Avemuv”, Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Washington, where they create a membrane using materials of silicon and cast him in a match in terms of the shape with the outer layer surrounding the heart muscle.

According to the team has solved the flexibility enjoyed by the membrane technical problems printing two-dimensional, which lack the ability to take it out allowing it to take full heart or maintain contact with the heart without the use of sticky materials.

Commenting on that, said Professor Avemuv “form the heart of each is different, and the current devices can not only output size membranes and one for all shapes and can not in any way match with engineering the patient’s heart.”

To produce the membrane supplier sensors, the team filmed the heart of a patient by scanning technology via magnetic resonance imaging, and then the extracted image to build a model of the heart of the three-dimensional and then send the form to the printer, three-dimensional, and after printing the membrane, the team drafted a way that makes it surrounds and covers the entire surface of the heart.

In a related context, revealed the institution, “Gartner” Research last month about the future prospects for the technology, printing three-dimensional, which indicated the presence of significant progress in this technique to produce tissues and organs, which will ignite the debate about the moral aspect of this use by the year 2016.
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