An innovative device that secures bone fractures with magnets would reduce the amount of x-rays and time needed to perform the procedure.
Typically, repairing bone fractures requires a number of x-rays (and a bit of good luck) for the surgeon to locate the tiny pre-drilled holes in the securing rod. To simplify the process, Rice University’s ‘Drill team Six’ recommended making the guide wire next to the holes magentic, which would then be located by an external sensor. When the hole is detected and the angle precisely understood, an LED alert signals for the drill keyed to the mechanism to be inserted.
Drill Team Six recently won the top prize in the George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase.