Surgeons have cut out parts of the skulls of patients suffering from brain trauma for some time already.
New simulation tool developed by a team of researchers for Stanford University and the University of Oxford will help make the procedure a lot easier and safer. Method called "Decompressive craniectomy", gives the swelling brain space to expand in order to save a person's life after a head injury.
But, it could also lead to complications. See, when the brain increases out of a hole, parts of its nerve cells tend to stretch and break. Potential complications can be minimized, when this tool suggests surgeons the optimal place and size of the hole, regarding the type of the injury.