Sensors for Minimally Invasive Equipment
From non-invasive blood pressure monitoring to minimally invasive surgical procedures, there are a variety of medical tools and equipment that require less invasive methods.
With the growth of minimally invasive technology, the scope of medical techniques has broadened offering new ways for doctors to diagnose and treat their patients. These advances have allowed for minimally invasive techniques to be used for more complicated procedures that had previously been considered unsuitable for minimally invasive practices. As these medical innovations further develop, the fields of medicine which are seeing the most minimally invasive technologies used in practice include orthopedic, cosmetic surgery, reproductive health, cardiology and vascular procedures, bariatric procedures, gastroenterology, and urology.
The benefits of minimally invasive techniques include more precise incisions for smaller wounds, minimal blood loss, fewer complications, less pain, the opportunity for the patient to heal more quickly and reduced hospitalization time. To confirm the success of these minimally invasive techniques and to realize these benefits, force, pressure, temperature, and other sensors allow for accurate, reliable measurements so the equipment can perform as expected. In addition, these sensor devices are evolving to become increasingly more compact while also housing more smart technology to fit within and enable these minimally invasive medical tools. Not only do these sensing technologies monitor the medical equipment but they also have the capability to be placed within the patient’s body to physically monitor vital information and relay that data to the medical professionals. For both applications, the packaging of the sensor must be durable to withstand any harsh medical matter that it will encounter. Sensor technology is essential for the success of minimally invasive tools and procedures because the benefits would not be reached without the use of the sensor data.
This whitepaper reveals the application of invasive pressure sensors in the context of patient care. Globally, hundreds of thousands of disposable invasive sensors are employed annually to assess pressure levels within both the cranium and the heart. This paper highlights the importance of biocompatibility and safety standards. Furthermore emphasized, the need for sterilization methods compliant with ISO and underscores the importance of risk reduction in design and use.