My final year project was in connection with some clinicians at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. After being made aware of the current issues with the clinical pathway for urinary bladder cancer, I spent the year designing a flexible biopsy needle to aid in the diagnosis process. Being a multidisciplinary problem, it was a great challenge to understand the biology side of the problem as well as the engineering. However I fully enjoyed it and believe I came out with a wide range of skills related to the medical industry that I developed throughout the project.
- Detailed design of a medical device from start to finish
- Experience with medical regulations and medical device classification
- Learnt how to read patents and carried out an in depth patent review
- Carried out detailed failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) on my design
- Developed the skill of writing a literature review