Scientists are Developing a Surgical Tool to Dissolve Blood Clots

 - Jul 19, 2017
References: ncsu.edu & springwise
Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a surgical tool to dissolve blood clots, specifically the ones that lead to deep vein thrombosis (or when blood clots form within a deep vein).

The first of its kind tool uses a low frequency intravascular ultrasound, which functions like a drill mechanism to break down the clot in a more direct way than current methods allow. The tool to dissolve blood clots also has an injection tube feature. This sends micro-bubbles in the direction of the clot and makes the ultrasound waves more effective.

This is an example of those with difficult health problems can be aided by technological advancements.