Transparent Skull Implant Set to Ease Laser Brain Surgery
The day when surgeons can stop having to repeatedly cut open the skull to deliver life-saving laser therapy to the brain moves closer with the development of a new material for making transparent skull implants.
Researchers at the University of California – Riverside (UCR) report their progress with the new implant material in two recently published journal papers.
Their aim is to develop a biocompatible “window to the brain” whereby surgeons will be able to direct laser therapy into patients’ brains on demand, without having to perform repeated craniotomies.
Such a material could transform a risky, highly invasive operation into a less risky, minimally invasive one.
The two papers report how the team – led by Guillermo Aguilar, professor of mechanical engineering at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering – tested the implant material’s biocompatibility and ability to help manage bacterial infection… Read More>>
Source: Medical News Today