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New! A breakthrough in non invasive brain surgery | December 4, 2021

It’s called PING…

This is exciting stuff. In fact, I just read about it now.

It was written about in Science Daily, just yesterday…and in Neuroscience News, six days ago.

Basically, it’s a form of neurosurgery called PING. (Don’t you just love it?) And it uses microbubbles to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and deliver neurotoxins targeted at the problematic brain area.

In a noninvasive can way, Doctors can treat debilitating neurological diseases by removing faulty brain circuits, without the need for conventional brain surgery.

Diseased brain cells are removed without a scalpel, using low-intensity focused ultrasound waves combined with microbubbles to briefly penetrate the brain’s natural defenses and allow the targeted delivery of a neurotoxin.

This neurotoxin kills the culprit brain cells while sparing other healthy cells and preserving the surrounding brain architecture.

“This unique approach eliminates the diseased brain cells, spares adjacent healthy cells and achieves these outcomes without even having to cut into the scalp.” said researcher Kevin S. Lee of UVA’s Departments of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery and the Center for Brain Immunology.

It has already demonstrated exciting potential in laboratory studies.

And, if successfully translated to the operating room, this surgical technique could revolutionize the treatment of some of the most challenging and complex neurological diseases, including epilepsy, movement disorders and more.

And most importantly, PING could be for the surgical treatment of epilepsies that do not respond to medication.

For full news go to: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211203095804.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

And for added information, click on: https://neurosciencenews.com/noninvasive-brain-surgery-19713/


  1. Reblogged this on Ken's Devotions.


    Comment by Kenneth — December 4, 2021 @ 12:05 PM

  2. I only hope we see more and more successful procedures. Everyone has seen enough of their lack of control and deserve a break.

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    Comment by Ed Lugge — December 4, 2021 @ 12:18 PM

  3. Sounds like this could eliminate any option of having a VNS, RNS & a DBS attached to your brain or body, if PING makes brain chemistry more normal that drugs could do their job better after a PING operation. I remember in 2002 after my brain surgery that there was for the 1st time ever a knife free GAMMA surgery done by laser beam, the 1st of its kind done at the NIH 1st & I think JOHNS HOPKINS later started doing it. I thought then I was too eager to have what I wanted done the year before, which nothing on that gamma laser beam surgery was around in 2001 to talk about.

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    Comment by James D — December 4, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

  4. Check this out..

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    Comment by odalys cardona — December 4, 2021 @ 6:49 PM

  5. Very exciting indeed! Thank you for sharing!


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    Comment by Andrea Gia — December 4, 2021 @ 8:56 PM

  6. Hello, I have had Ep. For many years and have had every combination of medication there is . I started a beta blocker last August for an irregular heart beat I had developed, and to my surprise, I have not had a single Ep. attack since! The basis for my Ep. Was the irregular heart beat, which deprived my brain of oxygen for a second, and created the environment for the brain cells to produce an attack. I have had 10 months without an attack!! Peter Cameron.

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    Comment by Peter Cameron. — May 4, 2022 @ 11:42 AM

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