Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new multipurpose medical catheter using stretchable or flexible electronics which can be used to monitor heart function and also perform corrections on heart tissue during surgery.
The device, developed by researchers at McCormick School of Engineering, will be the first surgical equipment used for cardiac ablation that makes use of flexible electronics.
The researchers said that the device can lead to simpler surgeries for arrhythmia and other heart conditions.
Lead researcher Yonggang Huang said that surgeries could be simpler and faster using their device as it replaces three different devices needed for cardiac ablation therapy. "Our catheter replaces all three devices previously needed for cardiac ablation therapy, making the surgery faster, simpler, and with a lower risk of complication", he said.