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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber


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The model could help to test new implants and devices to treat a range of cardiac disorders.

A new bio-robotic model developed by MIT engineers simulates the function of the heart’s lesser-known right ventricle (illustrated here in cross-section, as seen from a front view, on the left).

Credit: Manisha Singh et al.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle that mimics the beating and blood-pumping action of actual organs.

The robotic right ventricle (RRV) combines real heart tissue with balloon-like artificial muscles, which enable scientists to control the ventricle’s contractions while observing how its natural valves and other intricate structures function.

The RRV can be manipulated to mimic healthy or diseased states.

Said MIT's Manisha Singh, “The RRV simulator can be used in the future to study the effects of mechanical ventilation on the right ventricle and to develop strategies to prevent right heart failure in these vulnerable patients.”

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