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“Smart Needle,” the Width of a Human Hair Set to Revolutionize Brain Surgery

The computer it’s attached to can “see” potential hazards and alert the surgeon to them.

 

A medical team prepares a patient for brain surgery.

With some serious conditions, brain surgery remains the only option. With a brain glioma for instance, or cancer, surgery is the go-to treatment. But the brain is a complex organ that’s difficult to navigate. As a result, there is a high risk of after effects, what are known as “late effects.” These include difficulties with balance, vision, coordination, memory, and speech, among others. More serious effects include having a stroke, bleeding or infection inside the brain, swelling, and even going into a coma.

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