Liver Can Keep Alive Outside Human Body ( New Machine ” METHRA” Developed British Scientists )
Now the technology improved a lot of innovation is coming newly, medical science is also getting more powerful day by day. This is one of the new news came from British scientists, they developed a machine which could keep donor livers ‘alive’ outside human body. A team at Oxford University says the machine, known as METRA which would keep livers healthy during transportation from donor to the operating table, could help save the lives of many people who need liver transplants every year. Great innovation in medical field. Now hospitals following this technique, Livers taken from organ donors are currently packed in ice for up to 12 hours to prevent them from decay while they are transported, but this technique can affect the blood vessels and cause excess fat on the organ to solidify.
This means many are considered unsuitable for use and are discarded, despite the wishes of patients and families. In other cases the livers fail because of the damage caused to them during the transplant process. The new machine keeps the liver in a solution at body temperature and feeds it with blood, oxygen and nutrients.
The scientists say the machines uses a technique which allows doctors to monitor how well the organ functions and means livers can be stored for far longer up to 24 hours before being transplanted. This will help to increase the success of liver transplantation,
The machine, developed by Organox, a company linked to Oxford University, was originally used on pig livers but a recent trial found that out of 13 human livers discarded by doctors, six would have been good enough to be transplanted. The machine will come soon in the market.