MEDRC projects have the advantage of insight from the technology, medical, and the business arenas, significantly increasing the chances that a device will fulfill a healthcare need as well as be profitable for companies supplying the solutions.
With a new trend toward increased healthcare quality, disease prevention, and cost-effectiveness, such a comprehensive enterprise is crucial and a doorway to improved healthcare practices nationwide.
MEDRC research projects are defined jointly by faculty, researchers, physicians, and clinicians, along with the Center’s industrial partners. A visiting scientist from a project’s sponsoring company, present at MIT, serves as the champion translator for bringing innovations back to the company for commercialization, providing the industrial viewpoint necessary to realize the needed technology.
An Electronically Steered, Wearable Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Ultrasound
While several non-invasive cerebrovascular diagnostic modalities exist, the use of transcranial Doppler (TCD) sonography is highly compelling for certain diagnostic needs due to its safety in prolonged studies, high temporal resolution, and relative portability.
Piezoelectric Micro-Machined Ultrasonic Transducers for Medical Ultrasound
Commercial realization of advanced medical ultrasound imaging trends will require cost effective, large scale arrays of miniaturized elements, which are expensive to fabricate using traditional bulk piezoelectric materials. At high volume, micro-fabricated transducers are an array compatible and low cost alternative.
Non-invasive Arterial Pressure Waveform Monitoring
An arterial blood pressure (ABP) waveform provides valuable information in treating cardiovascular diseases of patients. Ultrasonic ABP monitoring is preferable because of the potentially portable system implementation and its non-invasive nature, thus minimizing tissue damage and the possibility of infection.
Calibration-Free Blood Pressure Estimation Using Ultrasound
In this poster, an algorithm is developed to estimate blood pressure at the carotid artery in a way that is non-invasive, potentially continuous, easy-to-use, and calibration-free.