The stage is now set for a revolutionary change in health care.
Robert Rushmer brought engineers and physicians together, and asked them a hard question: How can we see inside the human body without cutting into it?
During World War II, sonar and radar technology had been used to detect enemy craft in the sea and in the air. Afterward, engineers raced to find peacetime applications. UW Medicine’s Robert Rushmer and his colleagues essentially applied sonar to the human body. He reached out to staff and faculty across the UW – cardiovascular surgeon Eugene Strandness, engineer Don Baker, engineer Wayne Quinton, and technician Dean Franklin – to found the UW Center for Bioengineering in 1967.