You won't feel a prick any longer: Scientists invent needleless injections with Star Trek-style immunisation device
PUBLISHED: 05:44 EST, 26 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 26 May 2012
Medicine could be delivered via a high-speed pressure jet through the skin in a new needleless method developed by scientists which could spell the end of painful injections.
The Star Trek-style device, unveiled by scientists yesterday, can be programmed to deliver a range of doses to varying skin depths.
The breakthrough will be a welcome relief for those with phobias of needles who may avoid immunisation because of their fears.
In the hit science fiction series Star Trek, the space ship's medical officer Leonard 'Bones' McCoy would treat injuries with a needleless device.
Researchers now think they have come up with a similar system which produces a high-velocity jet of drugs to penetrate the skin.
The device is said to be a major improvement on some fledgling jet-injection systems that have been developed.
The researchers say that among other benefits, the technology may drastically cut the number of accidents among doctors and nurses who accidentally prick themselves with needles.