Friday, December 08, 2006
I did a little additional research on Neuropace and their Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS) The company is located in California and they have one product, the RNS, that is currently being tested in clinical trials. This is the product description from their site:
The Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS) system is designed for the treatment of medically refractory partial epilepsy. The RNS system includes implantable and external products, accessories and tools.
Implantable components include the responsive neurostimulator (RNS) as well as depth leads and cortical strip leads. The RNS is a programmable, battery powered, microprocessor-controlled device that delivers a short train of electrical pulses to the brain through implanted leads. In treating epilepsy, the RNS is designed to detect abnormal electrical activity in the brain and respond by delivering electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before the patient experiences seizure symptoms. The RNS is implanted in the cranium and connected to one or two leads that are implanted near the patient's seizure focus.
Check out the brief description of the clinical trials that have been done. The device looks very promising.
A brief overview of the company can be found here.