|The Future of Medicine Through Bioengineering - Ayden Jacob|
Aaron T. Becker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston, explains that the utilization of mini-robots can be used to treat hydrocephalus and other conditions in the future. This future-field type of surgery would allow surgeons to avoid current treatments that require cutting through the skull to implant pressure-relieving shunts. Becker was first author of the paper, "Toward Tissue Penetration by MRI-powered Millirobots Using a Self-Assembled Gauss Gun," working with collaborators Ouajdi Felfoul, Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellow at Boston Children's Hospital, and Pierre E. Dupont, visiting professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. "Hydrocephalus, among other conditions, is a candidate for correction by our millirobots because the ventricles are fluid-filled and connect to the spinal canal," Becker said. "Our noninvasive approach would eventually require simply a hypodermic needle or lumbar puncture to introduce the components into the spinal canal, and the components could be steered out of the body afterwards."