An ultrasonic technology developed by researchers from the University of Southampton removes contaminants from surgical steel. The StarStream device creates tiny bubbles which automatically scrub surfaces.

In the absence of sufficient cleaning of medical instruments, contamination and infection can occur and result in serious consequences for patients.

Using just cold water streamed through a nozzle, the StarStream removed bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease.

The device also effectively removed soft tissue from bones, which is required prior to transplants to prevent rejection of the transplanted material by the recipient’s immune system.