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Robot Treats Brain Clots With Steerable Needles, Vanderbilt University Study


8/9/2013 6:13:02 AM

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Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. It employs steerable needles about the size of those used for biopsies to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed.

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