December 3, 2008
Oil and blood pumping have similarities
U.S. medical and energy experts say they are exploring synergies that have been identified in moving oil and pumping blood.
The second annual
Pumps & Pipes conference Monday will bring scientists and engineers together at the University of Houston, to discuss the similarities.
I strongly believe the solutions to many of our problems already exist in 'someone else's toolbox,' but a forum is required to bring together this expertise, said Dr. Alan Lumsden, chairman of cardiovascular surgery at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston.
Lumsden said the conference will
engage engineers from the energy industry with cardiovascular physicians who share common goals: using imaging to identify targets, navigate catheters and drills into those targets, maintain flow in pipelines and blood vessels, prevent these tubes from clogging, repair them when they break down and improve the pumps when the pressure fails.
The conference is sponsored by ExxonMobil, the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the university.