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.

Brain surgeons use laser therapy to treat patients with life-threatening conditions such as brain cancer, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases.

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

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