One of the negative side-effects of today's treatment options is that we don't always know the effect that certain drugs or treatments will have on our body. In a sense, we are the test subject.
Now imagine a scenario where a medical professional will be able to pre-determine how your body will react. That's exactly what MIT Professor Dr. Dave Trumper and Senior Software and Electrical Engineer Jared Kirschner from Continuum outlined during NI (National Instruments) week.
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A research team had built an in-vitro platform to look at how multiple organs would operate under certain conditions. The systems included several organ tissues, including liver, gut, bone marrow and heart tissues. A more recent experiment was expanded to include muscle, skin and kidney tissue.
The research is certainly groundbreaking, considering the applications that can stem from it.
1) The system can be modified for each patient, as a way of determining how the patient will respond to certain drugs, dosage quantities, and treatment options.
Health professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) can determine the most optimal treatment option for each patient.
2) The system can be used to track the treatments for long-term conditions. Think of conditions like Diabetes, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons.
3) At this point, the system's parameters can be modified through a web interface, allowing individuals to modify certain condition to suit their needs.
Continuum developed a micropump controller which uses National Instruments's MyRIO student controller. The MyRio system is built using a Xilinx Zynq Z-7010 SoC.The micropump consists of a 36 channel pump box, 12 pumps with three valves per pump, with integrated pressure. Three pneumatic valves will move the fluid nutrients through the chip. The weblink is enabled through National Instruments's LabVIEW and WebSocket integrations.
The project was funded by DARPA.
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