Thanks to a generous $200,000 gift from the AT&T Foundation, Dr. Bailey said plans are in place to create nanosensors that can be freestanding or attached to surgical devices such as stents and heart valves.
Cardiologists and vascular surgeons have recently begun to use very large vascular devices implanted in the body to monitor pressure in the heart or to monitor specific conditions, such as heart failure and enlargement of the aorta. Dr. Bailey said current devices have major limitations because of their size. The development of microscopic sensors will allow physicians to implant these devices in more locations throughout the body and enable more sophisticated monitoring.
Dr. Bailey said the AT&T Foundation shows amazing foresight by providing this seed funding for what he calls "proof of concept."
"This type of collaborative developmental research often requires five to 10 years to reach clinical trials," Dr. Bailey said. "The generous funding provided by the AT&T Foundation will help drive this new translational research that will help physicians improve patientsí daily lives."
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