One “window to brain” implant that would allow the doctors to just see through skull and treat patients possibly is devised by the US researchers.This uses one version that’s see-through of same material which is used for the hip implants.Team of University of California, Riverside, said it can allow the lasers to get fired into brain for treating the neurological disorders.
Researchers say that emerging treatments of laser in stroke as well as cancer care along with brain imaging does require much access to brain.However, they’re limited as one part of skull needs removed and to be replaced every time treatment has to be performed.Instead, team of the scientists devised one transparent implant which would replace one small skull section.
They’ve converted one material – zirconia that’s yttria-stabilized and is used for some ceramic implants of hip as well as dental crowns – for making it transparent.What they argue about is that material will be safe for implanting, but it would provide one window onto brain also.
Guillermo Aguilar, mechanical engineering professor, 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.”
An expert of brain, Prof John Duncan, from University College London, commented that access to brain for surgery that’s minimally invasive would be one major step ahead. This research, he said, seems to provide encouraging step towards this direction.