Dr. Amy J. Wagoner Johnson from the University of IL has developed a scaffold for the use in bone regeneration procedures. The scaffold can be custom tailored to the individual patient through its additive manufacturing process. The scaffold has a variety of macropores and micropores. These differing pores influence capillarity and directionality of bone growth. This allows for predictability in how the bone will regenerate along the scaffold. These scaffolds have been shown to have enhanced weight bearing to current products. Efficacy of the scaffolds have been shown in in vivo pig studies.
Researchers from University of Illinois have advanced the field of robotic surgery by introducing haptic feedback based on the 3D point cloud reconstruction technique. The point cloud can be seen in the display and the doctor receives a feedback if the tip of the tool touches any unexpected region or with too great a force. The application has great potential since a small mistake can lead to death due to excessive bleeding.
Researchers from the University of Illinois and Clemson have developed highly rare earth doped optical fiber. This optical fiber . This optical fiber contains a high concentration of Yb. In the highly doped Yb fiber, At high rare earth (Yb) concentrations, Yb no long radiates light and optical pumping power is efficiently converted into thermal energy. The highly Yb doped fiber forms the basis of an efficient micro heating element. This micro heating element has the potential for use as a micro cauterization tool.