What are medical devices?
Many healthcare activities rely on medical devices for diagnosis and treatment of disease. These range from simple tools, such as surgical scalpels, to complex implantable devices, such as pacemakers. Medical devices that most people will come across at some point in their lifetime include:
- Stethoscopes, which enable doctors to listen to the heart and lung sounds
- Sphygmomanometers (blood pressure cuffs)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, which measure the small electrical signals generated by the heart
- X-ray machines, which take images of broken bones and other structures inside the body
What do we do?
We are a group of engineers, scientists, and researchers who carry out and support activities relating to medical device development.
We collaborate with clinicians, academics, and industrial partners, both locally and further afield, on all aspects of device development, from concept to commercialisation. We have expertise in navigating the complex technical and regulatory landscape associated with medical devices, and can guide others through this.
We have led and contributed to a variety of development projects now delivering patient benefit, including
- The first mercury-free sphygmomanometer, which is available on the market
- A portable, urine flowmeter for home use to help diagnose men with urinary symptoms, which is part of a large research study based in primary care
- A blood dialyser to treat small babies with kidney disease, currently under assessment in a clinical investigation
- A non-invasive method of measuring bladder pressure in men, as an alternative to a test requiring insertion of a catheter into the bladder, also available on the market