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Scientists Have Breached The Blood-Brain Barrier For The First Time And Treated A Brain Tumor Using An “Ultrasonic Screwdriver”

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A new medical technique for the future

Advancement in curing brain cancer is such a very good news to hear. It is said to be scientist have treated a brain cancer during ultrasonic screwdriver. Though it is a trial, and when the time comes that it was prove to be safe, and secure the safety of the patient it will be the revolutionary neurosurgery that will cross our millennium.

Because of the fast phase of advancing in technology, it is good to see that medical field had been lifting their medications on to the next level in treating illness on the most advance and efficient way for the sake of making the patient recover fast.

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A non-invasive technique designed to send chemotherapy medication through the protective barrier surrounding the brain has been successfully trialed for the first time on a patient with brain cancer. Using an “ultrasonic screwdriver,” this technique is a huge improvement on an earlier method trialed last year, as announced by the Toronto-based researchers.

The blood-brain barrier is a lattice-like network that acts to keep harmful things like pathogens out of the brain, while allowing useful substances through. It’s very good at doing its job, but unfortunately that represents a hurdle in medicine: If a person has a cancerous tumor inside the brain, getting drugs through without compromising it proves impossible. Last year, however, researchers made an incredible breakthrough, somewhat literally: The blood-brain barrier was breached for the first time using a technique that left it intact post-procedure.

Medical scientists from the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris placed special emitters that would generate a certain frequency of sound – ultrasound, beyond our hearing capabilities – inside the brains of four people with a malignant brain tumor (a glioblastoma). Miniscule bubbles, or “microbubbles,” were then injected into the patients, and allowed to bump up against the normally impenetrable blood-brain barrier.

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