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How can I avoid bending the probes during insertion?

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  • It is normal for electrodes to bend since they are merely 15um thick. When bending occurs, let it sit for several minutes with pressure against the tissue. Typically the electrodes will begin to slowly work their way into the tissue. Do not force the electrode into the tissue. Before insertion, make sure to remove the dura. In large animals, it may be necessary to remove/incise the pia arachnoid. Longer electrodes are more likely to bend than shorter electrodes. If removal of dura is not desired, consider one of our strengthened probes.
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  • Try the strengthened designs (50μm thick) which will allow probes to penetrate through dura of small rodents to and minimize buckling. The standard probe thickness is 15μm.

    Training kits are available for insertion/handling practices.
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