Smart needle could revolutionise brain surgery

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We’ve seen smart devices used in health and wellbeing. In January, we wrote about a smart running shoe that let users know if they are in good enough shape to run. Now, a new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide. The ‘smart needle’ helps surgeons detect and avoid vulnerable blood vessels during brain surgeries. It is made from a tiny, fiber-optic camera encased within a brain biopsy needle device that emits infrared light to detect the blood vessels. The needle has an accompanying computer system that identifies…

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