AI-Enabled Brain Implant Restores Feeling and Movement in Patient
In a groundbreaking medical achievement, Keith Thomas from New York, who suffered a spinal injury in a driving accident in 2020, has regained some movement and sensation in his arm and hand through an innovative AI brain implant technology developed by Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute of Bioelectronic Medicine.
The process began with months of brain mapping using MRIs to identify the specific areas responsible for arm movements and the sense of touch in his hands. Subsequently, in a 15-hour surgery, microchips were implanted into Thomas’s brain. During the operation, Thomas was awake for parts of it, allowing him to provide feedback on the sensations he experienced as surgeons probed parts of his brain.