A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside has developed a ceramic skull implant that could allow doctors to treat brain disorders and cancer with ultrasound therapy. The implant may perhaps give the doctors a means to deliver ultrasound treatments not only on demand, but on a recurring basis as well.
Although the development of an optically and radio-frequency transparent cranial implant currently exists, the promise of using ceramic materials for implants could expand therapeutic capabilities in ultrasounds even further. Materials being tested that could potentially replace a portion of the cranium are the same as those currently being used in dental crowns and hip replacements. The ceramic replacement could result in an easier and targeted transmission of ultrasound waves into the brain.
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