Dynamic Heart System Makes Animal Heart Pump Outside The Body for Testing
Posted May 13 2009 10:47pm
This is interesting as the lab obtains pig hearts from a slaughterhouse and is able to hooked it up and get it pumping. This is one way to cut the cost down for testing. The cost is $25.00 for a test instead of over $2500.00. Fluids are pumped through the heart so actual functionality with tests can be studied.
The article states this could also have the potential of cutting down some of the clinical trial time and/or procedures with having more preliminary data available up front. BD
A new machine developed at North Carolina State University makes an animal heart pump much like a live heart after it has been removed from the animal's body, allowing researchers to expedite the development of new tools and techniques for heart surgery. The machine saves researchers time and money by allowing them to test and refine their technologies in a realistic surgical environment, without the cost and time associated with animal or clinical trials.