Medical Device Development and Evolution: A Comparative Study

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accel-HBy Marvin Sussman, PhD

This article with photos and graphs can also be found in the latest edition of our print newsletter, Pathways.

The first commercially-available shunt was introduced almost 60 years ago. Over the past 60 years, significant developments and evolution of medical device technology has occurred in many fields of medicine. This article compares and contrasts the evolutionary changes that have occurred in the field of hydrocephalus with the revolutionary changes that have occurred in two other fields: cardiac pacing and radiation oncology. What we find is that while the shunt has seen modifications that have had positive impacts for patients, more is needed if we are going to move the management and, one day, the cure of hydrocephalus into the 21st century. (more…)

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