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UVA School of Medicine developing noninvasive brain surgery technique

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 9:53 AM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia and Stanford are working on a new approach for brain surgery. If approved, it would allow for a noninvasive way to remove fault brain circuits.

PING uses low-intensity, focused ultrasound waves. It then destroys only the cells causing the problem, leaving others unattached, and the skull without cracks.

“This approach uses a pretty interesting technology where you use sound waves that come from a lot of different directions, and they converge on a single site in the brain,” UVA Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience Kevin Lee said. “And you can use that for a variety of purposes.”

Researchers say this approach could revolutionize the treatment of challenging neurological diseases, like epilepsy, and help people who don’t normally respond to medication.

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