Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Blood Clot Destroyer

PostedJuly 31, 2011

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Randy Atkins: Targeted waves of pressure are used to destroy kidney stones. And, as you can clearly see when opening a soda bottle, pressure changes also form bubbles. So Andrew Szeri, a mechanical engineer at the University of Caifornia in Berkeley, thinks the blood clots causing stroke might be cleared if...

Andrew Szeri: …we send a strong, focused pressure wave through the skull to the place where the blood clot is.

Randy Atkins: The resulting bubbles don’t have to break the clot apart but, in combination with drugs…

Andrew Szeri: …it’s about loosening up the network of the blood clot so the drug can penetrate more easily.

Randy Atkins: And refinements might even make the process so effective that it can be drug-free. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.