A new, transparent cranial implant could give doctors an easier way to monitor an injury site and deliver treatment over time.
Developed by a team at the University of California, Riverside, the transparent prosthetic implant was created from a biocompatible ceramic that has been used in medical implants. Because the material is transparent, it can be used to replace a segment of the skull and provide a “window to the brain,” allowing doctors to perform a diagnosis during disease treatment without needing to drill a new hole. The material also permits laser beams to flow through, and could provide increased protection by being laid over the part of the skull that has been thinned for the laser treatment.
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