FURI | Spring 2019

Improving Treatment of Varicose Veins through Adjustable Compression

Health icon, disabled. A red heart with a cardiac rhythm running through it.

Varicose veins affect about 20% of the United States’ population at some point in their lives, causing swelling, blue or purple discoloration, cramping, itching, and burning. The goal of this project is to develop a wrap to fit all sizes that provides gradual and continuous pressure to assist the body’s natural mechanisms in reducing these symptoms. This has been done using inflatable air bladders controlled by a Raspberry Pi feedback circuit. This prototype can later undergo more rigorous testing to ensure its safety and efficacy before applying for market entry.

Student researcher

Erin Sussex

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Portland, OR, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2019