INPUT NEEDED on Device to Detect CSF Build Up at Home

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Shunt to treat hydrocephalus on glass model skullHydrocephalus is a common problem within the United States characterized by increased intracranial pressure (ICP) due to the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. Chronic hydrocephalus is primarily managed by shunt placement to divert fluid from the brain to another part of the body. These shunts have a high failure rate marked by increases in CSF buildup.

A team of bioengineering students out of Rice University in Texas are currently working on a novel method for the early detection of shunt failure using bioimpedance monitoring.

“Our aim is to create a device that can be used by patients for at-home diagnosis of CSF buildup through an easy to use helmet,” shared Akshat Jariwala, Masters’ candidate in bioengineering.


Akshat and his research partner, Momona Yamagami, an undergraduate at Rice University, are asking members of our community to take a survey to assist in their research. Let’s help them out!





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