TAMU device that can change healthcare of lungs

A team of Texas A&M Researchers are developing a device smaller than a deck of cards that could change healthcare as we know it.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A team of Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering researchers is hard at work saving lives.

"We have built a team at Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering that is most well suited to do this type of work,” Dr. Abhishek Jain said, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

Unlike other organs in our body, Dr. Jain says our lungs are particularly difficult to understand because of their complex function of taking in and exhaling air.

That's why he and his team is combining the power of medicine and technology to help doctors uncover the secrets of our lungs.

The device is small, but it could help save lives down the road. In short, what look to be small lines on the device actually replicate how our blood vessels in our lungs work. This, in turn, could give doctors a better understanding of how certain medications affect us.

"The only way to treat the patient currently is by actually giving drugs with the hope that it will treat the patient,” Dr. Jain said.

The current way to assess how a medication is working is almost like throwing a dart at a dart board, not knowing if the medication will even hit the bullseye. This device could make this process easier for doctors to diagnose, helping them hit that bullseye every time.  

"We're giving the clinician the power, a tool to actually test prior to giving it to a patient," Dr. Jain said.

In turn, this device could save time, money, and ultimately lives, because it will get you the treatment faster and more accurately than ever before.

"You are advancing precision medicine and personalized medicine with these technologies,” Dr. Jain said. “And that's where I see where the future holds."
 

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