Robot Sucks Blood Right Out Of Your Brain

Blood clots inside brain could be fatal. Whenever a blood vessel bursts, the blood leaks out of the vessel and then forms a clot. In medical terms, it's called intracerebral hemorrhage. Once the clot is formed inside the brain - it puts pressure on surrounding brain tissues. Though very common issue, the treatment is difficult. In almost 40% of the cases, blood clots inside brain prove fatal. However, a robot may set to change all that by aiding the doctors suck the blood out of the brain where the clot is formed. A team of research engineers at the Nashville's Vanderbilt University is working on the robot that will help save many lives.


At present, surgery is performed on the brain and a hole is drilled in the skull. Unless the clot is on the periphery, there's always a danger of damaging healthy tissues in the process. The new robot consists of a tube-within-a-tube. The outer tube is straight and is < 1/20 of an inch in diameter. It's injected in the brain and using CT scan's reference, the robot carefully pushes a very thin tube inside the brain - which sucks the blood out of the clot. The experiments performed in the laboratory indicated that up to 92% of the blood clot could be removed using the new robot.

The next challenge in front of the research team is to add ultrasound imaging techniques to the robot so that a computerised model of the clot can be formed. We've a video below that shows you the robot. Check it out!

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  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sounds good this type of innovation has a lot of role in developing a healthy environment.We engineers should contribute in any way in medical field that may helpthousands of people.

    Are you ready guys ?
  • lovebox
    A much needed innovation. This would save a lot of precious lives given that the procedure remains affordable and accessible to the common people.
    With cases of haemorrhagic strokes on the rise, even in young people, this could prove to be a boon and help to minimise cerebral function losses. But more importantly people should follow a healthy lifestyle so that the risk of a stroke is reduced.
    Accidents are another major cause of intra-cranial and intra-cerebral haemorrhages. Paying more attention to safety issues at various places will reduce such mis-happenings.
  • Maneesh Vadlapatla
    Maneesh Vadlapatla
    Wow awesome engineering that could help thousands of lives.There may be so many challenges testing it one of them i have in mind is does it not damage any other tissue which is a healthy one ??👎 will it not cause any feature issues??
  • Nayan Goenka
    Nayan Goenka
    Is it gonna work like sucking juice from a glass with a straw? That would be totally awesome. Plus this robot, its going to make a revolution in neurology.
  • Jeffrey Arulraj
    Jeffrey Arulraj
    Neuro science and cancer treatment have reached far from normal levels of attention in the recent day and This innovation is really a boon in treatment of stroke

    PS: the maximum incision extent possible in this method is not described in any article related to this

    Is it limited only to the meninges or ..
  • lovebox
    PS: the maximum incision extent possible in this method is not described in any article related to this

    Is it limited only to the meninges or ..

    The article mentions "intra-cerebral", which indicates that the device can operate at levels deeper than the meninges.

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