March 28, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- MRI Interventions, Inc.'s (OTCBB: MRIC) innovative neurosurgical navigation platform, the ClearPoint
Neuro Intervention System, was featured on the Fox News Health website in a story published on
March 25, 2013
In her story titled "MRI-guided brain surgery easier on Parkinson's patients," Fox News reporter
recounts her interview with Dr.
, director of the division of movement disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in
, regarding his experience using the ClearPoint system in deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgeries. The story relates some of the drawbacks of the traditional DBS surgery and notes that surgeons have begun using the ClearPoint system to address those negative aspects of the procedure.
One of the more noticeable differences with the ClearPoint system, Tarkan points out, is that by using the interventional platform, surgeons are able to rely on real-time MRI guidance, rather than feedback from patients, to precisely place DBS leads at their target locations. This direct MRI guidance for surgeons means patients can sleep through a ClearPoint-navigated DBS procedure, unlike traditional methods of performing the surgery which generally require patients to remain awake through some of the operation. The ability to sleep through the procedure also allows patients to maintain their regular medication schedules, offering yet another level of comfort to a traditionally stressful operation.
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About Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical option for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. During the procedure, stimulating electrodes are placed in specific areas of the brain that control movement. Once the electrodes are in place, a pacemaker-like device is surgically implanted under the patient's collarbone that, when turned on, emits electric signals to the electrodes in order to stimulate the desired location in the patient's brain to relieve tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson's disease. DBS is often recommended only after medications become less effective due to the progression of the disease.
About MRI Interventions, Inc.
Founded in 1998, MRI Interventions is creating innovative platforms for performing the next generation of minimally invasive surgical procedures in the brain and heart. Utilizing a hospital's existing MRI suite, the company's FDA-cleared ClearPoint
system is designed to enable a range of minimally invasive procedures in the brain. MRI Interventions has a co-development and co-distribution agreement with Brainlab, a leader in software-driven medical technology, relating to the ClearPoint system. In partnership with Siemens Healthcare, MRI Interventions is developing the ClearTrace
system to enable MRI-guided catheter ablations to treat cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Building on the imaging power of MRI, the company's interventional platforms strive to improve patient care while reducing procedure costs and times. MRI Interventions is also working with Boston Scientific Corporation to incorporate its MRI-safety technologies into Boston Scientific's implantable leads for cardiac and neurological applications. For more information, please visit
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