Invisible Knife Promises to be a Boon for Micro-surgery

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM Medical Gadgets
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Engineers from University of Michigan have created a new ultrasound technology that promises to be a boon for micro-surgery.

Using a carbon nanotube coated lens, researchers found that light energy can be converted to high pressure sound waves, to help focus on precise points.
 Invisible Knife Promises to be a Boon for Micro-surgery
Invisible Knife Promises to be a Boon for Micro-surgery

Researchers have called it the 'Invisible Knife' and feel that it can be used in medical research fields like noninvasive surgery. Engineers used tightly-focused sound waves for micro-surgery with which they were able to drill a 150-micrometer hole in a minute artificial kidney stone. They were able to focus high-amplitude sound waves to tiny dot.

According to Jay Guo, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, mechanical engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering, this research will be the gateway to many more inventions in this area and perhaps even a way to "probe cells or tissues in much smaller scale."



Source: Medindia

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