Cranial implantable prosthesis allows ultrasounds to reach the brain
Craniotomy is a surgery in which a bone flap is removed from the skull to access the brain to treat brain lesions and injuries. The implants which replace the flap bone are made of plastics/titanium, blocking ultrasound (US). Italian Intelligenza Trasparente developed a prosthesis allowing US to penetrate the skull after neurosurgeries. It delivers diagnostic and therapeutic advantages: allowing the replacement of MRI scans with US scans for the follow-up of brain pathology, the assessment of the effectiveness of cancer chemotherapy/radiotherapy and, coupled with microbubbles, blood brain barrier temporary opening, enabling innovative pharmacological therapies for cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. The EU-funded INTRA phase 1 project will enable the next certification steps to commercialise this product and develop the business model.
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