Bioimplantable Device, 2004 Medium: polyester Technique: machine embroidered, base cloth dissolved away Label: machine embroidered with polyester thread on dissolvable substrate. Gift of Ellis Developments Ltd.. 2004-15-1.
What is this?
Bioimplantable device for reconstructive shoulder surgery in the form of a snowflake, with eight short and eight long projections from a center ring, machine embroidered in white and blue polyester with the base cloth dissolved for a lace-like effect.
Why is this in our collection?
This embroidered medical device is an unconventional collaboration between physicians and embroidery designers, combining textile engineering with the life sciences. It was developed by Ellis Developments Ltd., manufactured by Pearsalls Ltd., designed by Prof. Simon Frostick, Dr. Lars Neumann, Prof. W. Angus Wallace, and Dr. Alan McLeod between 1997 and 2003, and the textile was designed by Peter Butcher in England in 2004. The technique of machine embroidery on dissolvable substrate, long used to produce machine-made lace, is employed here to embroider surgical devices from suture thread. The CAD program used to create new embroidery designs is used in conjunction with advanced medical imaging technologies... more