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41 available technologies

Sterile blood culture collection kit for reducing blood culture contamination at healthcare institutions

Scientists at Vanderbilt have developed a sterile kit to collect blood cultures that results in substantially fewer contaminated cultures compared to the current standard of care for collecting culture specimens.

Flat-Cut Bit for Cranial Perforator

Inventors at Vanderbilt have developed a novel perforating drill bit for cranial surgery. Deep brain stimlation (DBS) has become a technique for the treatment of movement disorders, as well as obsessive compulsive disorders and epilespy. This cranial drill bit significantly improves the process of preparing the periphery around the cranial punch during electrode implantation, one of the critical steps during DBS surgery.

Diamond Triode Devices with a Diamond Microtip Emitter

This technology is a diamond triode for micro and power electronics. Diamond microtip field emitters are used in triode vacuum electronic devices, sensors and displays. Diamond triode devices having integral anode and grid structures are fabricated using a patented process. Ultra-sharp tips are formed on the emitters in the fabrication process in which diamond is deposited into mold cavities in a two-step deposition sequence. During deposition of the diamond, the carbon graphite content is carefully controlled to enhance emission performance. The tips or the emitters are treated by post-fabrication processes to further enhance performance.

Precision Pneumatic Robot for MRI-Guided Neurosurgery

At Vanderbilt University, a robotic steering mechanism for MRI-guided neurosurgical ablation has been developed. The small robot has submilimeter precision and is fully MRI compatible. It aims to replace current surgical practices with minimally invasive procedures in order to enhance the treatment of cancer and numerous neurological disorders such as epilepsy.

Cuffed Inner Cannula and Flexible Outer Cannula Tracheostomy Tube

This new tracheostomy tube design prevents the need for decannulation when changing from a cuffed to cuffless (or vice versa) tracheostomy. It also enables a comfortable and fit in patients with both large and small neck diameters. The tube enhances patient safety by maintaining the airway at all times when downsizing or upsizing.

Magnetically Attachable Polydimethylsiloxane Stencils (MAtS)

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a unique system for patterning cells or proteins in cell culture environments using magnetically attachable stencils (MAtS) secured onto a culture surface by applying transbase magnets.

Rotary planar peristaltic micropump (RPPM) and Rotary Planar Valve (RPV) for microfluidic systems

A research team led by Professor John Wikswo of Vanderbilt University has developed a low-cost, small-volume, metering peristaltic micro pumps and microvalves. They can be either utilized as a stand-alone device, or incorporated into microfluidic subsystems for research instruments or miniaturized point-of-care instruments, Lab on a Chip devices, and disposable fluid delivery cartridges. The key advantage of this pump is that it can deliver flow rates as low as a few hundred nL/min to tens of µL/min against pressure heads as high as 20 psi, at approximately 1/10th the cost of stand-alone commercial syringe and peristaltic pumps. The RPV can implement complicated fluid control protocols and fluidic mixing without bulky pneumatic controllers. Both the RPPM and RPV can be readily optimized for particular applications.

System and Methods of Using Image-guidance for Placement of Cochlear Stimulator Devices, Drug Carrier Devices, or the Like

Vanderbilt inventors have developed and tested a device (C-in) and method that would shift the current invasive, risky surgical procedure of cochlear implantation to a less invasive outpatient procedure.

PosiSeat™: Assured Seating of Threaded Surgical Components

Vanderbilt presents an intraoperative device for taking the guesswork out of whether or not a threaded component is securely affixed to bone. This device is an anchor driver that automatically releases upon proper seating of the anchor on the bone of interest.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stent

Vanderbilt researchers have created a low-cost, removable Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) stent for pediatric patients. There is currently no commercially available pediatric PDA stent, but it is estimated that over 3,000 babies are born each year in the United States with cyanotic heart disease; a significant fraction of whom can benefit from temporary placement of the PDA stent described here.

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.

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.

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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