MIT tests the brain worm: it will be able to cleanse the vessels of the brain

Scientists from Massachusetts have created a tiny "worm" consisting of polymers and embedded particles from

a ferromagnetic material that can, in theory, move along tiny brain vessels.

How it works?

Yonghu Kim and Xuanhe Zhao are developing a newthe concept of surgical operations, entailing less interference in the human body. The new device has the smallest inserts of magnetic material, which means that it will be controlled with a magnet outside the working area.

Scientists have already tested the robot on a silicone model of the human brain, which was filled with a liquid similar to blood. With the help of an external magnet, the "worm" moved through hard-to-reach vessels.

Why is it needed?

The university explains that with propersupport, this technology could be a breakthrough, as current surgical devices are too large to penetrate the very thin blood vessels of the brain.