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Pentagon is Funding Ultrasound Devices That Prevent Tissue Death After Spinal Cord Injuries

•, By Andy Corbley

The $13.5 million program will aim to develop implantable ultrasound devices that could revolutionize care for the 17,000 Americans who suffer spinal cord injuries every year.

The electronic device is planned to be the size and flexibility of a small Band-Aid and will use high-resolution ultrasound technology to help doctors monitor and treat the changes in blood flow and prevent tissue death that occurs immediately after a traumatic injury to the spinal cord.

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is fronting the cost for the ultrasound device development to be led by its co-leaders, Nicholas Theodore, M.D., and Amir Manbachi, Ph.D., assistant professors of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins.