Some people are vital to continuous monitoring of internal organs. For this there are various equipment that people must wear. However, this is not always convenient and can cause discomfort. An alternative could be biosensors directly on the internal organs. American researchers just presented their 3D printing technology.
Employees of the University of Minnesota have developed a new 3D printing method that allows you to put sensors directly on the internal organs. The difficulty lies in the fact that the heart and lungs are constantly mobile and changing shape. To solve this problem was used the technique of “motion capture”, widely used in the production of movies and video games. With its help, the printer is able to follow the trajectory of the print on the surface of bodies, changes of their shape.
This technology has already passed the first successful tests. Using a 3D printer, scientists have managed to print on the surface of the lung of the pig, the sensor is made from a soft hydrogel. The use of such biosensors should considerably simplify the monitoring of such important organs as the lungs and heart. With their help, doctors can get more accurate information about the patient’s condition in real time.