There is now an ultrasound device that can prevent tissue damage caused by spinal cord injuries and Pentagon is funding it. These devices will benefit soldiers who get injured on the field and the public in general.
This electronic device will be made like a small Band-Aid and will utilize ultrasound technology to monitor and treat the changes in blood flow and protect against tissue damage that might occur after a traumatic injury to the spinal cord.
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund the total cost of developing the ultrasound device. Spinal cord injury interferes with the connection between the body and brain, resulting in the devastating loss of physiological function.
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The development of these ultrasound devices is good news, especially for soldiers who are at a higher risk of suffering from spinal cord injuries. Since Pentagon is funding the development of this ultrasound devices it would help to determine how engineering approaches could help to treat spinal cord injuries.
The DARPA program combines biological sensors, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence to enhance healing at the wound site and as well as interfacing with the nervous system to help restore some natural functions like bowel and bladder control, breathing, touch, precipitation, and movement that can be lost when the spinal cord is damaged.
It is an extraordinary team effort to bring together the smartest engineers and neurosurgeons to solve this problem. There are very few places in the world that are able to pull together the resources we have for this project.Theodore