Snapshot: Researchers Showcase Wound Healing Patch on Capitol Hill

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Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, and Michael S. Weingarten, MD, at the Medical Imaging Technology Showcase. 

For millions of Americans suffering from chronic wounds, a wearable patch — powered by inaudible sound waves — could offer a life-changing solution.

That’s the story Drexel University researchers told legislators, scientists and industry partners on Capitol Hill during the eighth annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase last week.

They were invited to the nation’s capital to exhibit the powers of a small, lightweight technology that uses ultrasound to speed the healing process.

The educational event brings together scientists, industry partners and patient groups to “tell their story about how the investment in biomedical imaging research impacts the quality of life for every American citizen,” according to the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR). The coalition’s goal is to provide access to imaging technologies so audiences are able to learn firsthand about their impact on patient care.

Representing Drexel at the showcase were Michael S. Weingarten, MD, medical director of Drexel’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Program, and Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Drexel’s wound healing research team received a $3 million National Institutes of Health award last fall, enabling a study of the therapy on 120 patients over the next five years. Led by Peter Lewin, PhD, the Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor at Drexel, the project is a collaboration between the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The innovative new technology — and its potential impact on one local patient — was also featured in a recent WTXF-TV (FOX-29) news segment. Watch the full video here.

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