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Device for measuring shunt effectiveness during hydrocephalus surgery

Company: PSU College of Medicine 3

Primary: BME
Secondary: ME
Optional: EE

Non-Disclosure Agreement: NO

Intellectual Property: YES

Hydrocephalus is a chronic disease that leads to an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The only treatment is a surgically implanted shunt device, draining fluid from the brain to another body cavity. Shunts have a high rate of complications and failure resulting in suffering, reduced quality of life, and reoperation to repair or replace shunts. Currently surgeons use a rudimentary approach to assess implanted shunts in the operating room. The goal of this project is to develop a new device that will be able to accurately quantify shunt effectiveness in a sterile manner. Project includes mentorship from an expert neurosurgeon.



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