Hey Dave, remember the movie, Fantastic Voyage that came out in 1966? Yeah, it was pretty cool. A sub and crew were miniaturized and injected into a guy’s blood vessel so they could clear a clot and save his life. While we can’t shrink people, we can shrink technology and its capabilities are making sci-fi a reality.
Today’s miniature medical devices are lifesavers. You’re right. There’s the implantable telescope to improve vision; a vitamin-sized pacemaker; and now a miniature catheter to give surgeons a real-time look from inside the heart and blood vessels. This could potentially allow them to clear clots without major surgery. The device is smaller than the head of a pin with an ultrasound probe and a single chip processor. It can receive and transmit 3-D images on thirteen tiny cables down a flexible tube to a computer... More »