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Monica Lin, Ph.D. 2018

Advisor: Prof. Maharbiz
Research Interests: Medical devices

Monica Lin is PhD student in the UC Berkeley - UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, with a research focus on medical devices. She is interested in developing sensors to address unmet clinical needs, and currently works in Dr. Michel Maharbiz's lab developing an electronic bandage to detect pressure ulcers and another device to monitor fracture healing.

Impedance Spectroscopy to Monitor Fracture Healing [BPN780]
An estimated 15 million fracture injuries occur each year in the United States. Of these, 10% of
fractures result in delayed or non-union, with this number rising to 46% when they occur in conjunction with
vascular injury. Current methods of monitoring include taking X-rays and making clinical observations. However,
radiographic techniques lag and physician examination of injury is fraught with subjectivity. No standardized
methods exist to assess the extent of healing that has taken place in a fracture, revealing the need for a
diagnostic device that can reliably detect non-union in its early pathologic phases. Electrical impedance
spectroscopy has been used to characterize different tissues, and we hypothesize that this technique can be
applied to fractures to distinguish between the various types of tissue present in the clearly defined stages
of healing. We are developing an objective measurement tool that utilizes impedance spectroscopy to monitor
fracture healing, with the goal of providing physicians with more information that can resolve the initial
stages of fracture healing. This would enable early intervention to prevent problem fractures from progressing
to non-union.

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