X-Message-Number: 27319
From: "Nick Pavlica" <>
Subject: Slurry Technology: Medical (and Cryonic), Uses    
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 10:00:51 -0500

Slurry Technology: Medical (and Cryonic), Uses      

Think ice slurry and you might envision a soda fountain drink, but a new 
technology is being tested that'll use slurries to help save lives. I'm Jim 
Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Engineers at Argonne National 
Laboratory believe that ice particles, chemically modified to be made smoother 
and smaller, could give doctors more time to save a patient undergoing cardiac 
arrest. Ken Kasza, a mechanical engineer at Argonne says that the slurry mixture
has a greater capacity to cool than plain chilled water, and that it could be 
used to to keep a patient's heart and brain alive.

"We are trying to reduce the rate of cell death upon cardiac arrest or stroke. 
When, there's a cessation of blood flow, cells in the brain start to die within 
four minutes. 

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