Scientists of Vanderbilt University presented a new method for the treatment of epilepsy. They developed an automated device that passes through the cheek of the person and penetrates into the brain, eliminating the need to drill the skull
The engineers developed a working prototype that was demonstrated at the conference Nashville by David Comber. At the end of the pneumatic device includes a needle made of Nickel-titanium alloy special curved shape. This allows it to penetrate the brain of the patient, the desired trajectory, and needle material compatible with magnetic resonance imaging.
Project Manager Eric Barth says that the surgical robot will be tested on cadavers and, according to his estimates, will appear to be operating in the next decade.