(Image source: MIT)

 


BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Doctors offices may not have to stock up on as many stickers or lollipops to soothe crying kids... an MIT invention could mean no more needles.

“We’re developing a system that eliminates the use of needles and instead delivers drugs into tissue using a high pressure stream right into the skin.”

Researchers say the device adjusts to different skin types and changes speed, to go easier on a baby’s skin for example. KRON adds...

“And it’s painless, so they say. It uses a high pressure jet of medicine to pierce the skin at nearly the speed of sound.”

SlashGear points out the device has some advantages.

“...medical workers are much less likely to accidentally poke themselves with a dirty needle. Having no needle is also a big help for people that have to routinely deliver medications to themselves in the home...”

MIT says medicine would enter the body in an opening about the same size as a mosquito’s stinger. New Scientist reports Japanese engineers also tried to invent a painless needle in 2002 based on the stinger’s thin diameter, but it never took off. The International Business Times reports...

“MIT believes this technology is superior with its highly-controlled system for limiting the injection velocity and dosage, but also its ability to bring ease to patients with needle phobias.”

But when could this device hit the market? Lead researcher Ian Hunter told Mass High Tech pharmaceutical maker Sanofi is interested in selling the system, and it could also be used in some surgeries.

“Hunter said another large company is looking at the device as a possible scalpel... He said he also expects to spin out several companies in different applications of the technology, and plans to start doing so before the end of this year.”

Mass High Tech reports the technology could be used on pets in the future. Researchers also say the device could deliver powder drugs through the skin.
 

MIT Develops Needleless, Painless Shots

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May 29, 2012

MIT Develops Needleless, Painless Shots

(Image source: MIT)

 


BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Doctors offices may not have to stock up on as many stickers or lollipops to soothe crying kids... an MIT invention could mean no more needles.

“We’re developing a system that eliminates the use of needles and instead delivers drugs into tissue using a high pressure stream right into the skin.”

Researchers say the device adjusts to different skin types and changes speed, to go easier on a baby’s skin for example. KRON adds...

“And it’s painless, so they say. It uses a high pressure jet of medicine to pierce the skin at nearly the speed of sound.”

SlashGear points out the device has some advantages.

“...medical workers are much less likely to accidentally poke themselves with a dirty needle. Having no needle is also a big help for people that have to routinely deliver medications to themselves in the home...”

MIT says medicine would enter the body in an opening about the same size as a mosquito’s stinger. New Scientist reports Japanese engineers also tried to invent a painless needle in 2002 based on the stinger’s thin diameter, but it never took off. The International Business Times reports...

“MIT believes this technology is superior with its highly-controlled system for limiting the injection velocity and dosage, but also its ability to bring ease to patients with needle phobias.”

But when could this device hit the market? Lead researcher Ian Hunter told Mass High Tech pharmaceutical maker Sanofi is interested in selling the system, and it could also be used in some surgeries.

“Hunter said another large company is looking at the device as a possible scalpel... He said he also expects to spin out several companies in different applications of the technology, and plans to start doing so before the end of this year.”

Mass High Tech reports the technology could be used on pets in the future. Researchers also say the device could deliver powder drugs through the skin.
 

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