Surgical tool dissolves blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis

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Researchers from the North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a surgical tool that uses a low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down a blood clot type known to cause deep vein thrombosis. The tool is thought to be the first ultrasound ‘drill’ mechanism that can be aimed straight ahead, meaning doctors can easily and more directly target clots. Current tools used to clear blood clots emit ultrasound waves laterally, making it harder for medical professionals to target specific clots. The tool also uses an injection tube that injects microbubbles towards the location of…

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