All around us, slipped into backpacks, handbags, and pockets, are millions of small but powerful devices ready to dispense life-saving medicine in an instant. Two million Americans use epinephrine autoinjectors, better known by the brand name EpiPen, that let people with serious allergies quickly inject epinephrine into their leg muscles. Twenty million Americans carry prescriptions for albuterol, an asthma medication that’s administered with an inhaler.
Inhalers and epinephrine injectors are marvels of engineering and mass manufacturing. During moments of extreme physical difficulty, as throats close and lungs seize up, they make it straightforward for patients to accurately dispense critical medication in seconds.
Inside these devices are complex mechanical systems that stand ready to activate quickly and intuitively. We put them in our Neptune CT scanner to see how they work. Let’s look inside.
Want to go deeper on these devices? Join Scott Johnston for an interactive walkthrough using high-resolution CT scans on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1pm Eastern Time/10am Pacific Time. Register here.