Vanderbilt University researchers are working on a new image-guided surgical system that uses steerable needles to treat blood clots in the brain. Surgery to treat hemorrhaging in the brain is usually a dangerous procedure. Many times, the surgery is too risky to even complete. The new robot from Vanderbilt University allows surgeons to navigate needles through the brain with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Once the needle reaches the blood clot, it is able to suction away the clot.
(Source: Vanderbilt University)