The active cannula is an experimental device, that could make the surgical removal of blood clots in the brain much safer and more effective
Graduate student Philip Swaney works with the active cannula
The active cannula goes to work on a simulated blood clot
Intracerebral hemorrhaging is what occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, and the blood which subsequently leaks out of that vessel forms a clot that places pressure on the surrounding brain tissue. It’s not that uncommon of an occurrence, it’s difficult to treat, and is fatal in about 40 percent of cases. Help may be on the way, however. A team from Nashville’s Vanderbilt University has created a robotic device that is designed to remove those clots, in a safe and minimally-invasive fashion.
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