A tiny chip the size of an earring or cufflink could change the way injured or failing organs are treated.
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed what’s called Tissue Nanotransfection or TNT.
It allows organs that are losing function to be restored in one tenth of a second in a non-invasive procedure. The lead researcher, Chandan Sen PhD, said “You lay the chip on the skin, apply a short pulse of current, you take it all off and you go.”
So far, the research and experiments have been on done on lab animals. The TNT process does not use medication, scientists hope that will lead to quick approval for clinical trials in humans.
They are interested in working with people who work with trauma and need to respond with quick treatment.
In cases, for example, where a blood vessel or extremity was disrupted, Dr. Chan explained that trauma surgeons are under tight timelines, “You have 72 hours to intervene. After 72 hours, we cannot rescue but with this after 72 hours of trauma we can rescue that's an exciting part.”