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AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls

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Ceramic implant material developed at UC Riverside will expand the use of ultrasound to treat brain disorders and cancers


Ultrasound brain surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancers, but getting sound waves through the skull and into the brain is no easy task. To address this problem, a team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside has developed a ceramic skull implant through which doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on demand and on a recurring basis.

Guillermo Aguilar, professor and chair of mechanical engineering in UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering, and Javier E. Garay, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, led the project with researchers from Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), in México City. The current paper extends work being done by UCR’s international, interdisciplinary ‘Window to the Brain’ project, a partnership with UC San Diego and three research institutions in Mexico.

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