A “window into the brain” implant that would allow doctors to see through the skull and treat patients has been invented in the US. It uses a see-through material that is currently used for hip implants. A team from University of California, Riverside, says it could allow lasers to be fired into the brain to treat neurological disorders without any surgery. The implant was reported in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.
The researchers say emerging laser-treatments in cancer care, stroke and brain imaging can require regular access to the brain. However, they are limited as a part of the skull needs to be removed and replaced each time the treatment is carried out. So, the team of scientists have invented a transparent implant that could replace a small section of the skull. They say the material would be safe to implant, but would also provide a window onto the brain.
Professor of mechanical engineering, Guillermo Aguilar, said: “This is a case of a science fiction sounding idea becoming science fact, with strong potential for positive impact on patients. 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.” – Deskarati