Researchers at University of Southern California have developed a "smart" shunt system to treat pediatric hydrocephalus, a condition that causes excessive cerebrospinal fluid in the brain leading to brain damage or death if untreated. Current treatment of hydrocephalus involves implanting a shunt into the brain to drain the excessive fluid, but this method is not perfect as the shunt can develop problems which are hard to detect. The "smart" shunt system seeks to change all that by alerting doctors in real time to issues with the patient's shunt. The system measures pressure, flow, and blockage and sends that data to a database where it is analyzed to detect any potential problems. Read more about the "smart" shunt system at University of Southern California.

the smart shunt systems alerts doctors when a brain shunt may be failing