Platinum brain device is top 10 medical breakthrough for 2012

A new minimally-invasive procedure that can safely and effectively treat brain aneurysms without open surgery by implanting an FDA-approved device consisting of a flexible braided mesh tube made of platinum and nickel-cobalt chromium alloy directly into the artery has been chosen by research facility Cleveland Clinic as one of the top 10 medical innovations for 2012.

The 90-year old multispecialty academic medical center which has pioneered among others coronary artery bypass surgery and performed the US’s first face transplant also included a new Concussion Management System for Athletes, Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Reduce Disease Threat and Wearable Robotic Devices in the top 10.

The platinum mesh tube can be delivered by catheter and used to block off large, giant, or wide-necked aneurysms in the damaged internal carotid artery. Platinum’s application in the medical field is extensive and the precious metal has long been used as cancer therapy.

The top ten list:

10. Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Reduce Disease Threat
9. Novel Diabetes Therapy: SGLT2 Inhibitors
8. Harnessing Big Data to Improve Heath Care
7. Active Bionic Prosthesis: Wearable Robotic Devices
6. Implantable Device to Treat Complex Brain Aneurysms
5. Increasing Discovery with Next-Generation Gene Sequencing
4. Medical Apps for Mobile Devices
3. Concussion Management System for Athletes
2. CT Scans for Early Detection of Lung Cancer
1. Catheter-Based Renal Denervation to Control Resistant Hypertension

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