Grant: $300,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 8, 2009
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Award Description: Compartment Syndrome is a very serious complication that occurs in a cast due to swelling and can cause ischemia, necrosis and serious nerve injuries. Compartment Syndrome can be prevented by monitoring the skin surface pressure inside the cast. This project focuses on the development of sub-centimeter sized battery-less wireless interface pressure sensors for this application. The proposed wireless sensors also have a significant number of other biomedical applications, including their use in knee implants, hip implants, prosthesis design, their use for measurement of footprint pressures in diabetic patients with neuropathy and for prevention of bed sores in patients confined to beds or wheelchairs. The project will develop MEMS interface pressure sensors with a novel inductive coupling strategy in which frequency domain based algorithms compensate for varying distance and orientation between the sensor and remote interrogator. The work plan for the project includes design and fabrication of the wireless MEMS sensors, evaluation of frequency domain and adaptive estimation algorithms, wireless telemetry studies and experimental evaluation of the wireless sensors inside a simulated cast that includes a blood pressure cuff. The educational objectives of the project include incorporation of class projects focused on medical sensor systems for school students from the Highland Park High School. The project will also recruit minority and women undergraduate students through a specialized summer REU program, providing them an opportunity to work on cutting edge research and motivating them to pursue graduate studies.
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Jobs Summary: Research Assistant (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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