Dr. Josh Medow first came into contact with hydrocephalus as a resident in a Madison, WI hospital and right away recognized a major issue while treating a child with a suspected shunt failure. Medow realized that there was no quick, unobtrusive way of checking intracranial pressure.
Today, Dr. Medow is an attending neurosurgeon at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and has combined his love of tinkering with electronics and his inventors spirit to come up with what he hopes will be a solution. He is trying to patent a device that will allow doctors, and perhaps even parents, to monitor intracranial pressure non-invasively.
The silicone implant, which sends electronic signals to a handheld device, started off as a prototype in his basement resulting from a few trips to Radio Shack. After ten years of design and trying to find academic and scientific interest in his invention, Dr. Medow hopes to see his device advance to human trials within the next couple of years.
Having taken an interest in hydrocephalus early in his career, Dr. Medow has already made contributions in the field. He was the 2002 co-recipient of the Hydrocephalus Associations Residents Prize for his paper titled, “Quick Brain MRI verses CT scan for evaluating Shunted Hydrocephalus”.
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