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BRITISH COLUMBIA RESEARCHERS PRODUCE FIRST ANGIOPLASTY-READY SMART STENT

Vascular stents are some of the most commonly implanted medical devices, keeping millions of arteries open to uninterrupted blood flow. Though they tend to work well at first, too many end up being re-stenosed by new deposits of plaque and scar tissue often forms in the vicinity, blocking blood flow through the stent. Typically, renewed patient symptoms are the first indication that restenosis is occurring. Being able to detect the rate of blood flowing through a stent can help identify whether something is amiss.

Researchers at University of British Columbia have developed a vascular stent that has a built-in sensor for measuring blood flow and a radio antenna to transmit the readings to an external device. The technology doesn’t require any changes in implantation procedures and should be applicable to be integrated into existing stents. The researchers describe the device as “the first angioplasty-ready smart stent

Study in journal Advanced ScienceMedical Implants: Enabling Angioplasty‐Ready “Smart” Stents to Detect In‐Stent Restenosis and Occlusion…

 

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Larry Storer

Larry Storer

Larry Storer has been editor of Vein Therapy News for 10 years. He has edited computer, shelter and medical publications at Publications & Communications LP for 30 years. He was also a corporate vice president and editorial director before retiring. Larry graduated from Baylor University with a BA in journalism and an MA in communications; and from Lamar University with a MED in school administration. He taught beginning and advanced reporting, beginning and advanced editing and editorial writing at Baylor University. Larry was a reporter, and city and news editor of the Beaumont Journal, and opinion editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Beaumont Enterprise-Journal. He was also the founding managing editor of the Yuba City (California) Daily Independent-Herald.