Implanted Electrodes Can Help Amputees Gain Sensation in Prosthetics

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 7:29am
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Researchers use implanted electrodes to improve the sensory response and neural connection between a patient and a prosthetic limb.

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Swiss researchers have a developed a new prosthetic limb system that uses implanted electrodes to send sensory signals from the limb back to the brain, creating a more realistic sense of touch.

"We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next years," Silvestro Micera, head engineer at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory, said in prepared remarks.


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