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3D Imaging of Neonatal Subjects


Preterm infants are often put on different types of breathing support to maintain adequate oxygenation during their stay in the hospital. Frequently one of the types of support used is continuous positive pressure (CPAP) to keep their lungs from collapsing.  This continuous flow of air is delivered through nasal cannula or mask. Sharp is partnering with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare to improve oxygen delivery devices for infants large and small.  It is important to design nasal cannulas and masks by carefully studying the faces of preterm infants.


The aim of this study is to compile various 3-dimensional images of preterm infants for engineers to reference as they design and produce CPAP and other medical devices that interface with babies’ faces.

Who to contact if you want more information

The Research Team will be contacting you regarding your interest in this study. 

You may also contact the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at: 858 939-4298, or NICU Research Offices at:  858 939-4112

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