Smart Sutures

Smart sutures / John Rogers

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is working on developing smart surgical sutures with the ability to monitor wounds and even speed up healing.   The smart sutures will rely on flexible silicon-based electronics and nanomembranes to function.  Sutures coated in ultrathin silicon sensors will be able to measure temperature at the wound site to detect possible infections.  They will also be able to deliver heat or other therapy to the site to aid the healing process.

(Source: MIT Technology)

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