Lab-On-A-Tube Monitors Human Brain

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati are developing a new invention nicknamed the “lab-on-a-tube” which measures several parameters of the brain simultaneously. It is being developed by Chunyan Li, PhD a student of Chong Ahn, PhD, in the electrical and computer engineering department.

This is a “smart sensor” that measures various changes in the human brain. It has the potential to be used for patients who have undergone accidents and traumatic incidents to the brain. The scientists at UC felt the need for an all-in-one multifunctional tube which measured parameters such as intracranial glucose, oxygen, temperature and pressure.


This tube initially removes excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain of the accident victim and begins to accurately measure changes. This device is being considered to be a ground breaking invention by the UC scientists and they say it will definitely break major barriers to quick administration of medicines to the affected patient.

Being developed at the BioMEMS Laboratory, this device can prevent secondary and traumatic injury to the brain caused by a fall incident. Increased pressure in the cranium, lessening of oxygen levels and sudden changes in the sugar (glucose) levels and temperature changes can be accurately kept track of using this. Animal testing is the next stage for the lab on a tube. Details about this device were published on the official website and scientific journals.

Even so soon further modification are being done on the 11 centimeters length by 1.7 millimeters diameter tube whose size is further being reduced and more detectable parameters are being added to the list making it much more sophisticated.
Physicians at the Neurotrauma Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute hope for the success of the lab-on-a-tube device that could change the way treatments are being performed on future victims of brain damage.

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