A new sensor device may help doctors remotely monitor brain injuries in their patients. The small implantable device is inserted into the patient’s brain along with a transducer just under the scalp. Patients use a portable device to read data such as the pressure inside the skull by holding it near their head.
The system allows patients with brain injuries to be discharged from hospital and return to a relatively normal life, but still be monitored for potentially fatal increases in pressure within the skull.
At the moment patients take regular pressure readings manually, but in the future it is hoped that the technology will be developed to allow 24 hour monitoring with data automatically reported to doctors.