25 Nov 2009   |   News

Glasgow: Paediatric spinal injection simulator

Investment opportunity

Researchers at Glasgow University have developed a simulator for training doctors in carrying out spinal injections.

While it is a common procedure to remove spinal fluid to carry out biochemical, microbiological and cytobiological tests, and also for drug delivery, medical students and practitioners have no opportunity to practice the technique because it carries a serious risk of spinal injury.

The physical simulator developed at Glasgow can be used to develop the skills of medical practitioners without putting patients at risk. The device provides accurate spine articulation, mimics human tissue properties and enables realistic touch/feel and spinal fluid removal feedback to the practitioner.

The simulator assembly can be inserted into the back of commercially-available paediatric manikins.  The materials used mimic the biomechanical properties of tissue layers and ligaments in the spinal region.

An academic prototype device has been created, and Glasgow University is now looking for an industrial partner to license, development, manufacture and market the spinal injection simulator.

For more information, visit the project website at: http://www.university-technology.com/details/paediatric-spinal-injection-simulator

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