Jackson Morton

Duke University
Invented the Chymos Needle for surgical bile duct procedures
Undergraduate Team Finalist

A team of undergraduate students in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University invented the Chymos Needle. The needle utilizes conductivity measurements at the tip of the needle to instantaneously determine when it is located inside of a bile duct. The current standard procedure for liver biopsies is to “blindly” guide a needle into the liver and attempt to introduce the needle tip into a biopsy duct, which is then evaluated using a radio-opaque dye injection and x-ray fluoroscopy to determine correct placement. Team members include Morton, Matt Nagle, Hersh Desai and Ravi Mahadevan.