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MIT-CIMIT Medical Device Design Course
MIT-CIMIT Medical Device Design Course
For the last 10 years CIMIT has sponsored MIT Mechanical Engineering’s Medical Device Design course and this year we have expanded the scope to offer the course jointly with electrical engineering. (MIT numbers 2.75 & 6.525.) The course brings together Boston-area physicians and MIT engineering students in developing new medical devices.

Beginning in September, clinicians whose projects are selected will team with a small group of students and course staff in an aggressive, but efficient 14 week design process. Firstly, the team will develop a detailed understanding of the clinical need and a resulting set of design specifications. Then they will follow a deterministic design process to create strategies, concepts and prototype solutions for testing. Final prototypes will be presented in December to a clinical and medical device industry audience. CIMIT provides for each team to receive a prototyping budget. Particularly successful projects will be invited to continue on into a spring course for further development.

CIMIT affiliated clinicians are invited to submit applications to work with teams of MIT mechanical and electrical engineering students to create prototype solutions. We are actively seeking projects with mechanical and/or electrical challenges.

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For more information, visit the MIT 2.75 website or contact one of the following:

Robopsy Invented by 2007 MIT 2.75 Team Led by Dr. Rajiv Gupta

Robopsy, a robotic device to assist radiologists performing soft tissue probe insertions, was invented by an MIT 2.75 team led by CIMIT Investigator Rajiv Gupta, MD. The team was awarded the 2007 MIT $100K prize, the world's leading entrepreneurship competition, and the first-place award at the 2008 ASME Innovation Showcase.

Robopsy will help interventional radiologists perform soft tissue probe insertions with greater speed and accuracy and reduced complications and physician strain. The device is a small, patent-pending, lightweight, inexpensive, disposable, radiolucent, telerobotic tool which adheres directly to a patient inside the CT bore. Guided by the radiologist in the control room, it remotely grips, orients and inserts a standard biopsy needle, or other probe, while permitting simultaneous imaging of the needle location. The entire system is CT scanner independent and portable, packing away into a single case.

Benefits for patients: more precise interventions, earlier diagnoses and fewer complications.

Benefits for doctors and hospitals: more consistent performance, better imaging equipment utilization and less stressful procedures.

Past MIT 2.75 Class Projects

class of 2012-2013

In partnership with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CIMIT affiliated clinicians worked with teams of MIT mechanical and electrical engineering students to create prototype solutions solving clinical and energy challenges with mechanical engineering.

Intra-Aortic Balloon T. Anthony Anderson, PhD, MD MGH
Portable Infant Warmer Michael M. Fuenfer, MD MGH
Percutaneous Attachment Mechanism for  Marine Mammals Stephen Ferrara, MD, CDR, MC, USN
Roderick C. Borgie, MD
Eric Jensen
US Navy
Electrosurgery Energy Measuring Kamal Itani, MD VA Boston Healthcare System
Cardiac Output Monitor Maulik D. Majmudar, MD BWH
Single Lumen ETT Ian Makey, MD BIDMC
Uterine Manipulator John C. Petrozza, MD MGH
UltraFast Probe Sheathing J. Jordan Romano, MD MGH
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) Knife Hoya Corporation Industry

class of 2011-2012

In addition projects with a clinical focus, the 2011-2012 projects, in partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative, there were a sampling of projects with an energy focus involving the building and testing energy harvesting and storage machines.

A Design of New Instrument for Liver Resection Jiping Wang, MD, PhD BWH
Patient Repositioning Aaron R. Ross, CPE


Rapid Skin Closure Device for Long Surgical Incisions Kyle R. Eberlin, MD MGH
MIS Specimen Removal Ian Makey, MD BIDMC
Improving Fine Needle Aspirations Sareh Parangi, MD MGH
02 Pump John N. Kheir, MD Children's
Dental Chair Headrest Teruaki Ito University of Tokushima
Wave Energy Pump    
Wood Pellet Stove    

class of 2010-2011

Single Entry Tunneler for Hemodialysis Graft Procedures Keith Ozaki, MD, FACS BWH
One Shot: One Handed Glucometer James Regan VA Boston Healthcare System
Clog Resistant Nasogastric Tube and Modular In-Line Flusher Gita Mody, MD
Ali Tavakkolizadeh, MD
Renal Cooling Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery
» Watch demonstration video
Nadeem Dhanani, MD, MPH HVMA
Home Sleep Monitoring: Somnus Sleep Shirt
» Nyx Devices, Inc. startup
Matt Bianchi, MD, PhD MGH
Esophageal Atresia Nonoperative Correction
David Mooney, MD, MPH Children's
Pressure Sensing Laparoscopic Grasper
Khashayar Vakili, MD Children's
Design and Testing of a Three-Fingered Flexural Laparoscopic Grasper
» Watch demonstration video
Jennifer Rosen, MD BUMC

class of 2009-2010

Laparoscopic Lens Cleaner Keith Isaacson, MD NWH
Pectoral Based Wheelchair Locomotion Keith Ozaki, MD, FACS BWH
Adjustable Pulmonary Artery Banding Frank Pigula, MD Children’s
Rib Fracture Fixation Suresh Agarwal, MD, FACS BUMC
Low Maintenance Ventilator Jussi Saukkonen, MD BU
Hybrid Optical and X-ray CT Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD MGH
Fool Proof Call Button Matthew Liang, MD BWH

class of 2008-2009

Wireless Pressure Sensors Rob Sheridan, MD MGH
Interbody Spine Device Kevin McGuire, MD, MS BIDMC
TMS Fixation Device Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD BIDMC
Running Shoe Tester Danny Abershire Industry
Diethylene Glycol Sensor Melanie Hoehl MIT
Pleural Navigator Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD MGH
Retrograde Intubation Joan Spiegel, MD BIDMC
Syringe–Internal Pressure Gauge Joan Spiegel, MD BIDMC
Renal Function Monitor Carlos Rabito, MD MGH

class of 2007-2008

GRiT Chair Alarm Lauren Kattany, RN MGH
Mitral Valve Chordal Cutting Robert Levine, MD MGH
Osmoregulation Lynne Levitsky, MD MGH
Smart Pad Rob Sheridan, MD MGH
Endotracheal Tube (ETT) Placement Sensor Rob Sheridan, MD MGH
Hernia Mesh Fixation Device Ali Tavakkolizadeh, MD BWH

class of 2006-2007

Implantable Port Michael Seiden, MD, PhD MGH
Endoscopic Stapling Device (Spikey clamp) Linda Lee, MD BWH
Pediatric Oral Syringe To Enhance Swallowing Behavior Martha Vibbert, PhD BU
Multi-port Morcellator Zev Williams, MD, PhD BWH
Improved Rongeur To Prevent Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks Jean Coumans, MD MGH
Per-Oral Gastric Restriction Device Christopher Thompson, MD BWH

class of 2005-2006

Dental Milling Ed Seldin, DMD, MD MGH
Wound Suction Rob Sheridan, MD MGH
Heart Port Pedro Del Nido, MD Children's
Suture Device For Fascial Closure Tim Bhattacharya, MD MGH

class of 2004-2005

Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Biopsy Bill Brugge, MD MGH
Arterio Venous Graft for Dialysis Stephan Wicky MGH
NeedleGuidance for Percutaneous Lung Nodule Biopsy
» Visit website
Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD MGH
ACL Injector: Enhanced Primary Repair of ACL
» Watch video
Martha Meany Murray, MD Children’s
Pulse Duplicator Jennifer White, MD MGH

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MIT 2.75 Website

2009 - 2007 MIT 2.75 Engineering
Medical Devices (Physician/Student Teams)


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