Sensitive drill for hearing implants

Inserting the implant into the inner ear is not without risks, as facial nerves can be injured in the process. Empa researchers have developed a new type of “smart” drill that minimizes this risk by automatically switching itself off when near nerves.
Methods of “advanced manufacturing” could also lead to remarkable progress in other implantological fields. Here one can consider spinal surgery or dental implantology in the inferior mandibular nerve area.
In combination with 3D planning and robotics, the procedure can be made not only safer but also much more minimally invasive. This also minimizes postoperative side effects.
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Eidg. Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt
BusinessLink 09.12.2022
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