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Robotic brain surgery. Clamp holds a guide tube (upper left) for the NeuroMate robot to pass elec- trodes into the brain of a patient who suffers from Parkinson's disease. The bolt (at right) keeps the patient's head still. The robot will implant 4 electrodes into the thalamus at the base of the brain through a hole in the skull. The hole was drilled by a surgeon, but its position & the route taken to the thalamus is chosen by NeuroMate using data obtained by Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The electrodes prevent the trembling caused by Parkinson's by stimulating degenerated nerve cells. NeuroMate was developed by Alim-Louis Benabid at the Alain-Michallon Hospital in Grenoble, France.
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