Brian injuries have a high percentage of fatalities owing to the sensitive nature of the brain as well as the inefficiency of brain monitoring technology.
While we can’t really do anything about the highly sensitive nature of the brain, we can however improve our sensor technology for better results.
The problem with current sensor technology is the fact that they are too invasive to be safe and often clash with the body’s immune system as they are considered to be outside intruders.
Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have come up with a new sensor which takes care of both these problems by being smaller in size, as well as completely dissolvable.
These wireless devices are made out of silicone and polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and are as small as the tip of a pencil.
They are designed to be easily implantable, and can transmit accurate temperature and pressure data wirelessly to external devices.
The scientists have so far only tested these sensors in the brain of mice, but the results have been encouraging, and they hope that these could be adapted to work in humans as well.
If possible, these sensors would then be able to provide quick and accurate health information about not only the human brain, but other organs as well.