Method of Thin Flexible Electrode Insertion for Deep Brain Neural Recording and the Design of Electrode Insertion Device

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2018-IRAZ-68150
Inserting a device to record deep brain activity is not a new technology. However, the current technology is not as efficient as it could be. Some of the problems with the current technology include leaving a flexible electrode behind after completion of the recording, coating with biodegradable materials to increase stiffness, and using a magnetic field to obtain necessary energy to penetrate the brain. All of these issues are very invasive to the brain that is being recorded and could potentially cause health issues for the individual. There is a need for a less invasive way to record deep brain activity.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new technology that allows for less invasive recording of deep brain activity. This new technology allows for insertion of 25 um platinum electrode in the deep brain. This electrode does not need any supporting tube, cannula, or biodegradable material to assist it in the recording of the deep brain. This means it is much less invasive and cause minimal neuronal damage. This new technology could open the door for recording deep brain activity.

Advantages:
-No support needed
-Less invasive
-Causes minimal neuronal damage

Potential Applications:
-Neurological studies
-Brain surgery
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