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August 13, 2014

BME team takes 1st place in NIH 2014 Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Competition

BME AccuSpine Probe Design TeamThe National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering — part of the National Institutes of Health — have selected a team of Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering undergrads as the first place winner of the 2014 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, The BME design team of seven, who presented their project at Johns Hopkins Design Day in May 2014, was awarded a $20,000 prize for their AccuSpine pedicle probe.

The AccuSpine probe will aid in the correct placement of screws used in spinal fusion procedures by providing real-time feedback to the surgeon. The device uses vibration and flashing LED lights to warn when a breach is detected. The AccuSpine probe is expected to increase accuracy of screw placement during spinal fusion surgeries and reduce complications that can result from misplaced screws.

Judging was based on four criteria: the significance of the problem being addressed; the impact on clinical care; the innovation of the design; and the existence of a working prototype. NIH Press Release