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Tentacle-Like Robots to Access Tight Spaces in Manufacturing and Medical Applications

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel method for enabling tentacle-like robots to reach into tight spaces in manufacturing or medical applications. This is useful for industrial inspection tasks, assembly of products like airplane wings with complex geometry, or making medical endoscopes reach places in the body they cannot reach today. The new invention involves routing actuation wires along a flexible arm through curved paths along the robot


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503
Medical Devices

Wireless Tissue Palpation for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Techniques

Researchers in Vanderbilt University's STORM Lab have developed a wireless palpation device that uses magnetic coupling between two units to provide valuable feedback about tissue properties and potential abnormalities. The wireless capabilities of this technology make it ideally suited for minimally invasive surgery and natural orifice procedures, as the device does not require the use of a surgical port.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548
Gastrointestinal

Palatoglossus Muscle Stimulation for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A Vanderbilt researcher has developed a device to stimulate the palatoglossus muscle in order to treat sleep apnea. This has the potential to treat patients who have failed to succeed with current sleep apnea treatments.


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Chris Harris

615.343.4433
Medical Devices

Closed-loop System for Adjustment of Cranial Nerve Stimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A Vanderbilt researcher has developed a closed-loop system that combines live recorded data from a polysomnography (PSG) system amplifier with output from a system providing real-time feedback on the structure of the pharyngeal airway. This would allow the system to automatically adjust a hypoglossal nerve stimulator to treat obstructive sleep apnea.


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Chris Harris

615.343.4433

Inventors

David Kent
Medical Devices

Coordinated Control for Arm Prosthesis

Researchers at Vanderbilt have created a novel control of an (myoelectric) arm prosthesis consisting of at least an elbow joint with the possibility of an additional single or multi-axis wrist joint.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Pulsed Infrared Light for the Inhibition of Central Nervous System Neurons

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel method for contactless simulation of the central nervous system. This technique involves the use of infrared neural stimulation (INS) to evoke the observable action potentials from neurons of the central nervous system. While infrared neural stimulation of the peripheral nervous system was accomplished almost a decade ago, this is the first technique for infrared stimulation of the central nervous system.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503
Medical Devices

Catheter Having Temperature Controlled Anchor and Related Methods

Heart valve disease is the 3rd most prevalent source of cardiovascular disease, leading to approximately 20,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Moreover, there are an estimated 41,000 mitral valve procedures performed in the U.S. each year. The only effective, long-term treatment for mitral valve disease is open-chest valve replacement surgery, which is highly undesirable for elderly patients. Thus, there is a pressing need to develop novel percutaneous strategies for treatment that will reduce the number of open-chest surgeries. David Merryman and colleagues have developed a new, combined catheter that uses cryo temperatures to adhere to moving mitral valve leaflets and radiofrequency ablation to alter the compliance of the leaflet tissue to prevent prolapse and regurgitation.


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Taylor Jordan

615.936.7505
Medical Devices

Rapidly Adjustable Flexible Positioning Arm for Ultrasound Probe -Clinician's Third Hand

A Vanderbilt team led by anesthesiologist Dr. Rajnish Gupta has developed a rapidly adjustable flexible positioning arm that can precisely position the ultrasound probe in such a way that it can be adjusted and fine-tuned with the flip of a switch. Upon fixing the probe in position, both of the clinician's hands are free to perform ultrasound guided procedures without the need for a second person to hold the probe.


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Taylor Jordan

615.936.7505
Medical Devices
Analgesic

Aliquot Delivery System

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel device for accurately delivering a small aliquot of liquid pharmaceutical agent to a treatment site. This system enables more precise dosage and eliminates expensive waste found in conventional methods.


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Philip Swaney

615.322.1067
Medical Devices

Combined Raman Spectroscopy- Optical Coherence Tomography (RS-OCT)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed an optical system for the differentiation of normal and cancerous skin lesions. The system combines the diagnostic prowess of two separate techniques to provide non-invasive, real-time, in-situ evaluation of lesions.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503