Microfluidics in surgery and healthcare
Microfluidic artificial lungs helps to enhance the treatment and quality of life for patients with acute or chronic lung injury. The device is mounted on the chest or back and vascular access is achieved via the subclavian artery and vein to allow ambulation. Human hearts drives the blood flow. The supply gas is delivered by a battery-driven fan integrated into the system. Microfluidic artificial lungs can increase the total gas exchange to enable respiratory support for active patients. It improves portability by eliminating gas cylinders and pumps and integrating heaters and sensors directly into the device. It also improves biocompatibility. These advancements vastly improve clinical outcomes and patient's quality of life.
Magnetic Nanoparticles in RnD
Magnetic nano particles integrates nanotechnology and molecular biology for providing promising results in cancer diagnosis and treatment by overcoming the shortcomings of traditional techniques. These tumor-targeted drug carriers deliver anti-cancer agents via Enhanced Permeation and Retention (ENR) effect. Gold being the most commonly used nano particle, comes with it's bunch of challenges too. While there are researches going on other forms of Magnetic Nano Particles and are at different stages of development. Nano particles that combines diagnostic/treatment system for cancer therapy have attracted many researchers as they see it's high potential, which can be utilized in the coming future.
Virtual Reality in healthcare education
Usually medical students use cadavers for the study of human anatomy. But it would not be the same way as if a live human body would react. With the help of VR even the minute details of any part of the human body can be analyzed. This is not only useful for doctors but also for patients undergoing surgery. The doctors can explain the surgical plan in detail to the patients. VR applications can also be seen in psychological therapy to create scenarios in which psychological difficulties occur. VR also finds its application in medical marketing and disease awareness. The potential of VR in health care is huge and is continuously growing.
How fascinating skin bioprinting is?
3D bioprinting of skin is a promising advancement towards creating skin grafts that are functionally and structurally very similar to healthy skin thereby opening path to new medical treatments and on-site use cases. Recent studies revealed possible techniques to create skin substitutes that showed high degree of vascularisation and cellularity with use of real time 3D scanner integrated with catridge based cell delivery system. With the enhancement in bioink capabilities, integration of machine vision and AI, scaling up the degree of motion, ethical issues extricated along with the ever improving technological potentiality 3D printing may evolve multiple folds within near future.