A team of university scientists has developed the world’s first artificial kidney technology to be implanted in the body. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for a donor kidney, and over 3,000 are added list each year. The world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood in the same way as a normal kidney.
Members of the research team Shuvo Roy of the University of California and William H Fissel nephrologist and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have said that the invention is all set to give hope to the millions suffering from kidney failure and who are on dialysis.
Four years ago, a team of scientists successfully transplanted an artificial kidney to some animals.
Lab tests confirmed that an artificial kidney could produce somewhere around 23% of urine.