"We have great minds sitting around the table trying to decide what to tackle first," said Dr. Marc Bloom, director of perioperative technology at NYU Langone.
Among the medical research projects: devising faster, less-invasive imaging to study organs such as the brain or heart. Advances could include new MRI scans that take only a few seconds and capture a beating heart in real time. That technology would let doctors performing a procedure such as cardiac ablation see if they correctly zapped the heart muscle cells to stop an irregular heartbeat. Brain surgeons could see if they had removed enough of a tumor.
"We'll get better, cleaner pictures inside the body in less time," Dr. Bloom said. Another project involves being able to insert tiny monitoring devices in patients that will be able to tell doctors how well a joint replacement is holding up, whether an epilepsy patient is about to have a seizure, or whether a cardiac patient is in danger of having a heart attack.
"With this technology, we will be able to check a body system, measure whether our intervention is functioning, and see if there is any improvement in the patient's health," Dr. Bloom said.
Outside the body, the same technology that NYU Wireless is developing for better cellular networks will be used to improve communications inside the hospitals.
The institute's work will be funded by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant. NYU is investing $3 million in startup money and another $4 million to build out the space.
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