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Dr. Saad Saad Invents New Trackable Catheter

Dr. Saad Saad has achieved a lot during his more than 40 years of experience as a pediatric surgeon. One of the things that many people do not know about Dr. Saad Saad is the fact that he is an inventor as well as a surgeon. Before making the decision to go into medicine, Dr. Saad Saad was determined to become an engineer. Fortunately for the many patients that he has treated over the years his desire to work in air conditioning won out over his desire to be an engineer. His two older brother were engineers working in the hot deserts of Kuwait and after watching the physical toll this took on them, he decided on his career path in medicine.


This interest and talent in engineering combined with his medical expertise allowed him to solve some of the problems that he faced as a surgeon. Currently, he holds the patents on two different pieces of medical equipment. Each one is an improvement on existing medical equipment that had what Dr. Saad Saad saw as flaws in design. One of these is an alteration to the end of endoscopes while the other is a trackable catheter that uses electromagnetic location.


Catheters are used for many different purposes in medicine and have a wide variety of functions. They are used to help in surgery and also to treat certain medical conditions. Some of them are only temporary while others are designed to be able to be left in the body permanently. Dr. Saad Saad thought the process of placing a catheter was too complicated and had too many risks for the patient. In order to track the location of the catheter, imaging systems like x-rays need to be used. Unfortunately, while one single x-ray generally will not cause any long-term damage, repeated imagine can cause problems like cancer. For a lot of patients with certain diseases, getting catheters placed is a frequent occurrence and the radiation they receive from the placements can cause a lot of damage over time. The other widely used option for imaging during placement is the MRI machine, while it may not expose the patient to radiation, it is not portable at all. This makes it an impractical option when compared to the x-ray.


With Dr. Saad Saad’s invention, bulky machinery and radiation do not have to be a part of the process of placing a catheter. Instead, the tip of the catheter is equipped with magnetic material that can be tracked with an accompanying handheld device that uses electromagnetic technology. Dr. Saad Saad’s technology works in a similar fashion to a metal detector. The tracking device is so small that it could even be used in places like intensive care. Learn more: