166. esophageal deflection device for use during treatment of atrial fibrillation

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR)
Faculty Advisor(s): Frank E. Talke
Award(s): Honorable Mention

Primary Student
Name: Karcher William Morris
Email: k6morris@ucsd.edu
Phone: 714-337-8766
Grad Year: 2018

The esophageal deflection device has been developed to assist cardiologists during heart thermal ablation procedures on atrial fibrillation patients. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a common irregular heart beating condition that may lead to heart failure. Cardiologists have performed many successful thermal ablation surgeries to remove the specific defective heart muscle causing the condition. While burning this tissue, the esophagus may be damaged due to it being positioned adjacent to the heart. Our primary objectives are to make a device that can deflect the esophagus away from the heart, be easily operated by cardiologists, and be safe and reliable for medical use.

Industry Application Area(s)
Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments

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