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Star Trek, we are getting closer! Injection without needles.

Posted Monday, May 28, 2012, at 2:08 PM

MIT injector pictured by Gizmag.com
MIT researchers have bridged the gap from needles to puffs of air, just like Bones and Crusher. Actually, it has been a while since I saw Bones give an injection, can anyone confirm?



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They say this creates an opening the size of a mosquito proboscis which we can often not feel until AFTER they have gone.

They have injected medicine into an EYE and an eardrum! Of course the presumption is without any damage, but they never did actually say.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 28, 2012, at 2:13 PM

Pneumatic injections have been around since WWII.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, May 28, 2012, at 3:16 PM

WWII! I'm not too far out of touch!

Why would MIT act as if it was something new?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 6:29 AM

Any idea where I could learn more? I did a four page Google search and could not find anything except hydraulic in injection into mechanical things and fracturing shale.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 6:34 AM


I received this type of injection when the Navy was experimenting with it in boot camp, in 1959.

If they slipped or didn't hold it steady, it left a whelp.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 12:12 PM

I would guess any movement would be like cutting the flesh with a knife.

There must be a significant improvement with this, but nothing was mentioned. Surely, if they inject an eye or ear, they cannot allow movement or scars.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 7:02 AM

Goofy "Star Trek" trivia: One of the very early "Star Trek" episodes had to do with a salt vampire, and as a plot point they needed salt shakers for the Enterprise's mess hall. The set decorator found some futuristic-looking shakers, but Roddenberry thought they were too futuristic looking; no one would recognize them, and so more traditional-looking salt shakers were used. But Roddenberry suggested that the salt shakers could still be used as some other kind of prop, and so they became Dr. McCoy's medical instruments.


-- Posted by jcarney on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 8:38 PM

John, I almost got hooked on reading the trivia on that site. Luckily my phone rang. Did they have pictures of the medical devices (salt shakers)?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 31, 2012, at 8:15 AM

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