AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018

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Animal Study Shows Flexible, Dissolvable Silicon Device Promising for Brain Monitoring

Other applications include post-operative observation for vascular, cardiac and orthopaedic procedures, finds Penn study 

Currently, when devices are implanted in the brain, they have to be surgically removed causing for another surgery for the patient. Being able to develop a device that can melt away at a determined rate within the brain will reduce the amount of surgical procedures required for that patient as well as reduce the cost and risk for using such devices. Many of these devices are implanted into patients to treat disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, depression, chronic pain and conditions of the peripheral nerve system. “Dissolvable silicon electronics offer an unprecedented opportunity to implant advanced monitoring systems that eliminate the risks, cost and discomfort associated with surgery to extract current devices used for post-operative monitoring,” said senior co-author Brian Litt, MD, a professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Bioengineering. To read more on this study, click here

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Second International Brain Mapping Course
April 26-27, 2018; New Orleans

Surgical Approaches to Skull Base
April 26-28, 2018; St. Louis, MO

2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
April 28-May 2, 2018; New Orleans

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