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Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43

therapy control

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent from Medtronic.  (As mentioned, we are featuring 50 foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Gregory F. Molnar, Steven S. Gill, Keith A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Timothy J. Denison, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: February 21, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘694 patent discloses methods to treat patients afflicted with movement or other neurodegenerative disorders through brain-signal feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

neural stimulation efficiency

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747

Today we highlight a key brain stimulation patent assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747: Systems and methods for enhancing or affecting neural stimulation efficiency and/or efficacy.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler, W. Douglas Sheffield, Richard Kuntz, Kent Leyde, Leif R. Sloan
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: January 27, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘747 patent discloses methods for improving efficacy and efficiency of brain stimulation by providing two distinct phases of electromagnetic stimulation that vary from one another in parameters such as time of stimulation, amplitude of signal, location of treatment, frequency of pulse, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Reducing negative side effects from neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #24

systems-and-methods

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247

We are featuring today a 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, especially relevant for brain stimulation methods which may carry some negative side effects.

U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247: Systems and methods for reducing the likelihood of inducing collateral neural activity during neural stimulation threshold test procedures.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Kent Leyde
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 4, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Dealing with the problem of undesirable collateral activity during stimulation treatment, the ‘247 patent describes a “test” stimulation to determine thresholds for both patient responsivity (to the stimulation) and the parameters of a second treatment stimulation (to avoid collateral activity). Read the rest of this entry »

Recovery of visual function through neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #22

neural stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377

Today we are sharing a very interesting 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, spanning both invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies.

U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377: Systems and methods for facilitating and/or effectuating development, rehabilitation, restoration, and/or recovery of visual function through neural stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner, Warren D. Sheffield
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: January 24, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘377 patent discloses treatments combining multiple neurotechnologies, coupling neurostimulation techniques (e.g., electrical, magnetic, etc.) with software-based visual training programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Facilitating clinical treatments via Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotechnology Patent #21

magnetic stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660

Today we are sharing a key 2005 patent assigned to Neuronetics, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,926,660: Facilitating treatment via magnetic stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Neuronetics, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Stanford W. Miller
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: August 9, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

TMS treatments procedures are more effective and efficient if targeted stimulation to the patient can be quickly and easily repeated, rather than blindly hunting for the correct location and orientation after initial dosing/ testing procedures conducted to determine the appropriate stimulation field strength and location. Read the rest of this entry »

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