Force and displacement measurements are central to the understanding of various physical, biological, and medical systems. Different approaches exist with varying sensitivity. SENSORICA is proposing a new technology based on optical properties of optical fibers consisting mainly of increase light loss with fiber bending. This technology could be useful to study dynamic mechanical properties of biological systems, from organs to sub-cellular structures. Proof-of-concept has been done but formal characterization and validation in a biological environment and at the cellular level is still needed to validate the potential of this innovative approach.
The proposed research partnership is central to the development of the technology. Here, we propose a series of tests that can be labeled as 1) System characterization and validation and 2) experimental tests at the cardiac cellular and heart tissue level.
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Design a catheter with force sensing and muscle cell stimulation capability.
Contraction and relaxation of skinned muscle
Installation of the Mosquito
Evolution of the project
Work Party, April 01, 2012
Work Party, Feb 28, 2012