By | Regina Thomas
In the last few years, the field of neurology has taken many leaps and bounds in terms of technology. What was once considered a specialized branch of medicine is now becoming more accessible in daily life due to technological advancements allowing doctors and clinical attendants to process information quicker and easier. The accessibility has become so great that it’s hard not to wonder how our society could function without these incredible devices. Here is a list of devices that neurologists use for patient diagnosis.
The Neuroport device uses electrical stimulation to treat Parkinson’s and other nerve disorders. It consists of two parts, the Medtronic implantable pulse generator (I.P.G.) for deep brain stimulation (D.B.S.) and a system-management unit to instruct the I.P.G. on when to deliver stimulation therapy.
Electroencephalography is used for diagnosing epilepsy and other brain disorders. EEG headset is a wearable device that measures brain electrical activity by placing electrodes on the scalp on both sides of the head. The electrodes measure frequencies corresponding to different brain activity states and translate them into visual images.
The TBI impactor is a device that allows for the relief of some forms of epilepsy. The device consists of an extracranial lead (metal sheath) implanted through the skull and connected to an intracranial lead (coil) with metal contact points. These metal contact points measure brain activity during magnetic stimulation treatment.
Neuro-imaging is used to determine the structure and function of the brain and how it is changed during illnesses or injuries, such as strokes and head injuries. The most common form of neuroimaging is magnetic resonance imaging (M.R.I.). M.R.I.s diagnose tumors, degenerative disorders, other brain diseases, and spine or nerves.
Direct Current Stimulator (D.C.S)
The direct current stimulator (D.C.S.) is a device used in epilepsy, brain tumors, and other forms of electrocution. Its gadgets have a positive voltage of 120 Volts to the brain. This is used to remove seizures or perform brain surgery.
Alpha stimulation devices treat muscle spasms, tremors, seizures, and movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. It stimulates a specific part of the brain with a tiny medical electrode while a static magnetic field is applied; the magnetic field stops brain activity. The desired activity is then transferred to a different part of the brain.
The Neuro-navigator has essentially revolutionized the field of neurology. It can image the brain in ways that weren’t possible before. The Neuro-navigator uses a camera with a special lens inside the skull. This allows for free movement and images to be taken from areas hidden from view inside the skull. The image can also be taken from any angle, as the camera’s new lens has a wide view.
A similar device is the wireless M.R.I. transmitter. It uses magnets to transmit images from inside the brain. This allows for quicker patient treatment and makes surgeries easier.
Neuropsychological tests are computerized tests designed to help clinicians and researchers better understand how the brain works and affects a patient’s mental, emotional, and behavioral functions.
Trinocular Microscopes with Video Monitoring
Neurosurgeons also use trinocular microscopes with video monitoring. The devices help neurosurgeons identify brain abnormalities in patients and perform surgery to remove them.
Laser-Doppler Blood Flow Monitor with Needle Probe
A Laser-Doppler blood flow monitor with a needle probe is used to detect the speed of blood flow in the brain, which helps neurosurgeons detect deeper brain bleeds during surgery.
Optogenetics uses light to control neurons in specific brain areas. These brain cells are then used with a genetically engineered virus to control the neurons. It is an alternative to surgery when it’s impossible to perform it. It is used for treating epilepsy and other forms of brain disorders.
These devices treat different neurological disorders and diseases. There are a variety of devices and techniques used in the treatment and diagnosis of these disorders and diseases.