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Electrical Impedance Tomography for stroke, biophysical monitoring and medical device design

Summary

This project will involve simulation and test of an impedance spectroscopy device using electrical impedance models and saline based phantoms for its applicability in monitoring stroke and associated
therapies.

Supervisors

Professor Alistair McEwan, Associate Professor Craig Jin, Professor Philip Leong.

Research location

Electrical and Information Engineering

Program type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the western world. Recently ‘clot-busting’ thrombolytic drugs have become available for when the stroke is associated with a blockage or ischemia, however
bleeding or haemorrhage must be excluded before therapy can commence. There are several ongoing trials of new treatments for acute stroke at RPA and The George Institute for International Health.  In order to assess new treatments and manage dosage of thrombolytic drugs, a device to continuously monitor bleeding in the brain would be a great advantage. This project will develop a good potential candidate: Electrical Impedance Tomography Spectroscopy which is a relatively new, portable medical imaging technology based on impedance measurements using scalp electrodes.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 948

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