A new surgical guide to navigate in arteries
Stroke (cerebrovascular accident) is ranked as the second leading cause of accidental death worldwide with an annual mortality rate of about 5 million. Treatment includes endovascular radio-guided surgery in which the role of the guidewire is essential for navigating in arteries. However, it is not easy to properly direct and manage the guidewire, requiring surgeons to remove it and reshape the tip by hand. The results are are a loss of time, increased risk of infection and higher costs. The EU-funded SmartGUIDE project is developing an innovative guidewire that contains a remotely-shapeable tip that allows the surgeon to change the shape of the instrument’s head while navigating through brain arteries. This innovative device, which is compatible with existing endovascular instruments, will significantly reduce surgery time and costs.
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