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Biioresorbable chip might change brain injury monitoring

For some brain injury patients, having to deal with the medical interventions that are necessary is a very hard part of life after the injury. One of the difficult procedures occurs when there is increasing pressure on the brain. In order to monitor pressure on the brain, a monitor must be surgically implanted into the patient's head.

That monitor is then attached to equipment via wires that are placed through the patient's skin. As you can imagine, that is a very painful procedure that keeps the patient in the hospital.

New research might change the process for monitoring brain pressure in the future. Though the research is still in the very early testing phases involving lab animals, it would be a step in the right direction if it is suitable for human use.

The new technology uses bioresorbable implantable chips to monitor the pressure on the brain after a brain injury. Instead of being hooked up to external monitoring devices and having to undergo surgery to remove the devices currently used, the new device uses a wireless transmitter that absorbs into the body. This will give the patient more freedom to move around and does away with a surgical procedure. Both of those factors are huge benefits to the patient.

Since this technology is still in the early stages of testing, it will be awhile before brain injury patients might be able to use it. For now, people who have suffered a brain injury have to deal with invasive procedures that can lead to infections and more pain.

Whatever medical treatment you are able to get for your brain injury, if someone else was at fault, you may be able to get compensation for the treatment via a civil lawsuit.

Source: Extreme Tech, "These electronics can monitor the brain, then dissolve and vanish," Jessica Hall, Jan. 22, 2016

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