FURI | Spring 2020

Development of Surgical Device to Aid in the Decortication Procedure for a Trapped Lung

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Infections, pulmonary embolisms, autoimmune disorders, lung cancer, and surgeries can lead to a fibinous pleuritic, or inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the lungs. This can trap the lung, preventing it from expanding. Decortication procedures peeling off the fibrous tissue are time-consuming, unstandardized, and unquantified. The team is developing a combinatorial approach using ultrasound to detect and quantify the fibrous tissue layer to effectively free the trapped lung. The team developed a porcine trapped lung model and demonstrated ultrasound can effectively detect the lung surface. Further tests will determine the safety and effectiveness of tissue removal with the model.

Student researcher

Shae Marie Diaz

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Hacienda Heights, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2020