The Wearable Artificial Kidney is a tool-belt-sized device -- about to be tested on humans in the USA soon -- that could signal a change in treatment of kidney diseases.
The contraption was developed by a team of researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. It's essentially a miniature dialysis machine compact enough to be worn like a tool belt and connected to the patient via a catheter.
The device could allow patients to undergo dialysis without spending long periods of time in boring, frustrating static sessions, but rather while working or engaging in other activities while the unit cleans their blood on the go.
Like conventional dialysis machines, the Wearable Artificial Kidney filters out waste products from the patient's blood, doing their kidney's job for them. However, it weighs only 4.5 kg, a stark contrast from filing cabinet-sized dialysis machines.