Navigation Links
Asleep During Brain Surgery: A Comfortable Alternative for Patients with Parkinson's Disease
Date:1/8/2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system and currently afflicts over one million people in North America, and more than five million people worldwide, according to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. While medication can curb symptoms, one of the most heartbreaking aspects of Parkinson's disease is that medications often lose efficacy as the disease progresses.

Severe symptoms of Parkinson's include: loss of balance, involuntary movement, motor fluctuations, difficulty walking and/or speaking, frozen facial expressions and depression. Understandably, patients with severe symptoms who do not find, or who no longer feel, relief from taking medications can suffer from a significantly diminished quality-of-life, severe debilitation and loss of independence.

For some patients whose medications have proved inadequate in controlling symptoms, doctors may offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery as an option to regain certain lost functionality. Until now, this meant a complicated and lengthy procedure during which an opening is made in the skull and an electrode is placed at a specific location within the brain that controls movement—all while the patient is awake to provide feedback to the surgeon. Remaining awake during brain surgery is an added source of anxiety, and frequently a deterrent, for many potential candidates of DBS.

A new system called ClearPoint®, developed by MRI Interventions, Inc., a medical device company in Irvine, California, offers a solution to patients who would not undergo DBS surgery due to the prospect of being awake. The innovative technology provides neurosurgeons with real-time MRI images of the brain during these procedures. The surgeon's high resolution inside view of the brain during surgery enables patients to rest under general anesthesia throughout the operation—appropriately called "Asleep DBS." The FDA-cleared system is installed at more than 25 hospitals throughout the U.S., including five of the top ten hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery according to U.S. News and World Report.

"Real-time visualization is the differentiating factor," said Kimble L. Jenkins, President and CEO of MRI Interventions, "designed to help surgeons achieve a high degree of accuracy while allowing patients to sleep under general anesthesia through these procedures."

Jenkins continued, "We believe ClearPoint is making neurosurgery easier on patients, opening the door for more people to receive potentially life-changing therapies."

For more, visit www.asleepdbs.com. MRI Interventions, Inc. paid for the writing and dissemination of this release.

Contact: Laura Radocaj, Dian Griesel Int'l., 212.825.3210


'/>"/>
SOURCE MRI Interventions, Inc.
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Breakthrough in Brain Surgery: Asleep DBS Can Relieve Fear and Anxiety Surrounding Surgery
2. Kalila Medical Announces CE Mark Approval For The Vado Steerable Sheath Used During Atrial Fibrillation Procedures
3. ViSi Mobile Presented During Eric Dishmans mHealth Summit Keynote Address
4. ChemoHairSaver Can Prevent Hair Loss During Chemo
5. Millennium HealthCare Inc. Installs VasoScan Cardiovascular Assessment Test in Select Physician Groups during First Week of Launch
6. Western Refining Raises $337,000 During Month-long 22nd Annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion
7. STAAR Surgical to Host Investor Breakfast and Webcast during the American Academy of Ophthalmologys Annual Meeting
8. STAAR Surgical Reports Continued Momentum During Third Quarter
9. Poster & Abstract Entitled 1H-MRS & FDG-PET Studies in the SOD1 G93A - the Use of Stabilized Peptides as a Rationale for Future Treatment in ALS Presented During Annual Northeast ALS Consortium Meeting
10. Uroplasty Sets New Quarterly Revenue Record During Fiscal Second Quarter 2014
11. Medac Pharma, Inc. Announces Multiple Poster Presentations During the 2013 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris Life Sciences ... on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced ... joined Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its 17 ... centers, the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute will help ... the use of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Pa. , Oct. 10, 2017   West ... in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared ... West,s ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of ... Fourth Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. ... Lead, Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for ... the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the ... as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes ... of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple ... Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of ... popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation ... scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... technology and advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range ... and National Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics ... PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System will ... the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by Jeffrey ... Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the Division ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):