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Biomedical Technologies

Past Biomedical Technologies Research

Biodigit/REHEAL Glove

Current methods used in treating hand trauma fall short of restoring functional and aesthetic characteristics after severe injury due to the lack of a protective, permissive, and well-controlled environment required to heal tissues without significant scar formation. In collaboration with Dr. Christopher Allan, MD at the University of Washington in Seattle, the REHEAL Glove aims to overcome the shortcomings of the current methods used in treating hand trauma. The Biodigit/REHEAL glove aims to overcome these shortcomings by incorporating cell-seeded 

Funding Agency: Army Research Office

Biomask

The Biomask is an advanced therapeutic system for real-time autonomous monitoring and treatment of facial burns for accelerated and higher quality wound healing. This system allows post-surgery wound management by providing capabilities to apply negative pressure wound therapy, deliver therapeutics, and hold skin grafts in place while continuously monitoring the healing process. Researchers at UTARI are collaborating with surgeons at the Institute of Surgical Research at the US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Biodome

The Biodome is a biomechanical interface that protects and controls the wound environment by sensing environmental factors and quickly modulating physical and chemical factors to maintain healthy regeneration. The Biodome functions by controlling the wound environment at the nano-scale, leading to control of individual tissue types, while functioning on a macro-scale using a novel fluid media developed to induce dormant human regenerative pathways. Research is carried out in collaboration with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburg.

Knee Model Surgial Simulator

In cooperation with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT HSC), UTARI's Biomedical Technologies Division developed an arthroscopic knee model surgery simulator for medical training. Using 3D printing and molding, UTARI's researchers have been able to develop an artificial knee that is a realistic replica of an actual joint. Currently, medical students practice orthopedic surgery with unrealistic models of a knee or virtual reality simulators. Models that do not look and feel like a real knee cannot provide students an accurate representation of real surgery. Virtual reality simulators, while addressing the realistic representation issue, provide no physical reactivity for the student and are cost-prohibitive with a price tag of up to $100,000. 

Future commercial applications of this technology could be directed at other joint models, such as the shoulder and elbow, allowing realistic and applicable training on a variety of joints.