"Transonic Inside" Monitors Flow Rates in Artificial Organs
Every day 23 people die while waiting to receive an organ transplant.
The critical shortage of donor organs of all types has spurred the development of artificial organs that perform the function of natural organs to help alleviate the problem of donor organ shortage and to sustain patients with organ failure as they await donor organs. At times, artificial organs can eliminate the need for transplantation altogether.
While mechanical ventilators can assist patients with breathing for short periods of time, they sometimes cause lung damage. Respiratory assist devices are now being developed for use during critical care emergencies, such as in the treatment of trauma and battlefield wounds. The goal of these devices are to oxygenate blood before it arrives in the lungs so that the lungs can rest and heal. One version is worn outside the body, where it passes blood across gas exchange fibers.
In addition to respiratory-assist organs, artificial livers are being developed to sustain a patient until a donor organ is available, or alleviate the liver for a period so it can heal. Transonic Flowboards and Flowsensors can be imbedded into the artificial organs in order to know the flow rate to these organs. To Measure Is To Know!