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Projects

The PDIC has supported development of the following technologies in collaboration with our program partners, the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Office of Discovery and Translation and the University of Minnesota, Medical Devices Center.

 

Year Project/Technology Summary
2016 Methods to improve delivery of dental care in children Goal is to develop alternative peri-procedural approach to decrease anxiety scores, minimize anesthetics, and maximize patient outcomes
2016 Specialized communication tools Goal is to develop tools that improve understanding of medical procedures for children with impaired cognitive or language abilities to reduce confusion and anxiety
2015 Pediatric intraluminal bronchial stent using patient-specific anatomy Goal is to design a bronchial stent specific to a child’s anatomy using 3D printing technology to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with bronchomalacia (abnormal compression and collapse of the trachea or bronchus)
2015 Modified bubble CPAP for use in children in low resource settings Goal is to develop a device that can be assembled from materials available in low-resource settings (e.g. rural Africa) for use in children experiencing respiratory distress such as preterm infants or respiratory infection
2015 Point-of-care pediatric heart imaging blanket array Goal is to develop a device that can capture echo cardiogram data in health care settings lacking access to ultrasound technicians
2014 Tissue-engineered pediatric right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) graft Goal is to develop a heart valve that will grow with a child, and reduce or eliminate the need for repeat open-heart procedures to accommodate for heart growth
2014 Intra-pulmonary aerosol generator for drug delivery in neonatal intubated patients Goal is to develop a device that will allow for faster, more efficient, delivery of drugs to babies who are intubated in the NICU where IV delivery is often challenging
2014 3D rendering of the thoracic cage from plain 2D radiographs of scoliosis in children Goal is to develop a method of improving scoliosis management in children by turning 2-dimensional x-rays into 3-dimensional images that can give surgeons a better understanding of the patient anatomy

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