Researchers Develop Actual ‘Window to the Brain’
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers have developed a new transparent skull implant, allowing doctors to more easily use laser-based brain treatments without the need for surgery.
The implant is built from the same material that is used in hip implants and dental crowns, but the research team from the University of California Riverside made the material transparent. Doctors would remove part of the skull, and fill the “hole” with the implant. It would act as a “window to the brain,” which removes the need for recurring craniectomies in patients with neurological disorders, like brain cancer and traumatic brain injuries.
"This is a crucial first step towards an innovative new concept that would provide a clinically-viable means for optically accessing the brain, on-demand, over large areas, and on a chronically-recurring basis,” research team member Devin Binder, MD, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/17262
SOURCE: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, September 2013
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