In a record-breaking detail, the team of medical researchers, engineers, and surgeons have been able to publish the data of humans and rats that demonstrates the new array of brain sensors. The papers of the study are available in the journal Science Translation Medicine. The team is led by Shadi Dayeh, university of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
The new brain sensors can register electrical signals right from the surface of the human brain and features close grids of either 1,024 or 2,048 embedded electrocorticography (ECoG) sensors.
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If these pliable and thin grids of ECoG sensors get approval for the clinical use, the surgeons will have access to brain signals directly form the brain’s cortex which is 100 times higher than what is present today.
Having access to details such as which areas of the cerebral cortex are active will lead in improved planning of surgeries of brain tumours and s treat drug resistant epilepsy surgically. The team is also currently working on wireless version of high resolution ECoG grids which can last up to 30 days brain monitoring for patients with interactable epilepsy.
This technology is a boon and comes with a potential for permanent implantation to give quality life to patients with paralysis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, and Essential tremor.
The demonstration of ECoG sensor grids also opens up new opportunities in neuroscience for unfolding the deeper understanding of the human brain and leading to improved treatments.