Self-associating polymer hydrogel enhances safety for percutaneous tumor ablations through hydrodissected tissue protection. 

The Issue

Percutaneous ablation offers a less invasive alternative to open surgery, but its use is limited by collateral tissue damage. Moreover, current saline hydrodissection protocols lead to unpredictable tissue separation, longer procedures, and higher radiation exposure, offsetting the advantages of minimally invasive methods.


A self-associating, biodegradable polymer hydrogel is developed that could be injected from the identical needle path as used for the ablation. Achieving this consistent and reliable tissue separation would enable the success of current and future generations of percutaneous ablations. 

MTM Student Engagement

Working closely with the innovation team to perform stakeholder and market analysis, clinical studies, concept exploration and testing, business model and IP strategy developments.