Injeq, a resident at GE’s Health Innovation Village in Helsinki, created a smart needle that tells the user about surrounding tissue for safer liver biopsies and lumbar punctures.
The Finnish company’s device looks like a standard hypodermic needle, but with an electrode attached to the tip. The needle measures changes in signal caused by contact with surrounding tissue. While a doctor is performing a lumbar puncture, the device will tell the doctor what type of tissue the needle is near and when they approach cerebrospinal fluid.
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