In the long list of creatures I would like to crawl inside the clefts of my brain, snakes probably line up somewhere near the bottom. Probably dead last to spiders and cockroaches . But that has not stopped researchers at MIT creating a snake-like device. The snake robot, if you will, is designed to treat the immediate symptoms of strokes and aneurysms.
This is a magnet-controlled robotic device controlled by magnets. The idea: use this horrifying snake thread to clear blood clots in the brain that often show up after a stroke or aneurysm.
Currently, this type of surgery is performed using catheters manually threaded by surgeons. This snake-like device could be the way to a more effective form of treatment because with this type of surgery it is essential.
"Stroke is the number five cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States," explained Xuanhe Zhao, associate professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering at MIT. "If acute stroke can be treated within the first 90 minutes or more, patients' survival rates can increase significantly.
"If we could design a device to reverse the blockage of blood vessels within this" golden hour ", we could potentially avoid permanent brain damage. This is our hope."
easier to navigate than a catheter and smaller ̵
1; meaning it can slide across areas of the smaller diameter brain.
You can read more about the research and the robot itself here.