Surgical Tags | Nikolaos Chronis

Roughly 1 in about 3,000 surgeries carry a risk for lost objects to be left behind in the body. With 20 to 34 million such surgeries per year, the cases add up and the incidents cost $1.5 billion annually. Systems designed to prevent these mistakes are even more expensive to implement, so hospitals haven’t done it. Instead, teams typically count the surgical tools before and after the procedure and make sure everything that went in comes back out. Motivated to find a better method for preventing lost objects, Nikolaos Chronis, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, initiated a collaboration with Lubomir Hadjiiski, a U-M research professor in radiology and Theodore Marentis, a former radiology resident at U-M to develop a tag that shows up clearly in

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