Pictured: Anatomics has pioneered SkullPro® as a slim, patient matched and contoured alternative to provide an aesthetic cover for skull deformity.
Project Title: Digitally enabled headgear for craniectomy patients
Anatomics are partnering with the CSIRO to pioneer ‘smart’ headgear to monitor the brain in patients who have undergone a decompressive craniectomy for stroke or trauma.
Patients who experience brain swelling from stroke or traumatic head injury may require an operation to remove a section of the skull to save their lives. This swelling can take months to subside. During recovery, the neurosurgeon must determine the timing of reconstruction. The brain must be in optimal condition for the surgery to be successful. As patients are often discharged to rehabilitation or home it can be very difficult for surgeons to determine the ideal time for reconstruction.
This project will develop a ‘smart wearable’ in the form of a digitally enabled skullcap to remotely monitor patients after they have undergone a decompressive craniectomy. The ‘smart wearable’ will be built upon Anatomics pioneering SkullPro® headgear, which is a slim, patient matched and contoured alternative to provide an aesthetic cover for skull deformity. The ‘smart’ SkullPro® will serve as a platform to understand the recovery of the brain following stroke or trauma.
Anatomics hope that the work will lay the foundation for a coordinated Australian research effort to develop the necessary technology and infrastructure for a brain machine interface.
BMTH Round: Three
- MTPConnect Grant: $997,920
- Industry Contribution: $371,693
Duration: October 2020 - May 2023
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Contact: Dr Ganesha Thayaparan