Please standby as we fully update our research portfolio. Some projects include:

Blind puncture-access

The challenge of inserting devices across membranes into body cavities, blood vessels, and hollow organs without direct visualization is universal in medical practice.  This project focuses on developing low-cost mechanical devices to aid medical professionals in blind puncture-access procedures. [more]

Image-guided biopsy and ablation - Robopy System

Mitral Valve Repair

The goal of this project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, is to develop technology for beating-heart repairs in the context of mitral valve prolapse. [more]

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sNPWT – simplified Negative Pressure Wound Treatment

In the developing world, military, disaster relief, and domestic environments, many medical techniques are not readily available due to electricity, cost, and other economical constraints.  For these reasons, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), a successful, chronic wound treatment, has not been introduced, although many patients would benefit. [more]

BBC World Update Interview - March 25, 2010
Wound-Pump YouTube Video
Technology Review Article - March 19, 2010
MIT News Article - March 2, 2010

Patrick Gillooly/MIT News

Low cost ventilator

Respiratory disease, often culminating in respiratory failure, is a significant and rapidly growing problem in developing countries. Access to mechanical ventilation is critical for avoiding devastating vital organ injury, fetal hypoxemia and/or death, however mechanical ventilators are in short supply largely due to their high acquisition ($10,000-$30,000) and maintenance costs; significant training and personnel requirements related to the complexity of current hospital ventilators; and inequitable or geographically limited distribution of existing mechanical ventilators. Hospitals in developing countries often use refurbished, but still costly, ventilators ($2,000-15,000); borrow from each other; or forego mechanical ventilation entirely, resulting in substantial morbidity and mortality. [more]

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Patrick Gillooly/MIT News

A Robotically Steered Electrode for Tumor Ablation

Conventional thermal ablation for treating cancer is limited in precision and configurability as straight needle-like electrodes are manually inserted through the skin and into a tumor in the body. This project will develop a robotically steered electrode which can perform many small ablations in precise three dimensional locations by moving the electrode tip within the tumor. This will extend the use of thermal ablation as a minimally invasive technique for treating cancer; thus eliminating the need for open or laparoscopic surgery for some patients.

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