New brain implant which could help pinpoint seizure activity

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A new brain implant, which scientists call ‘NeuroGrid’, has been developed to monitor individual brain cells, by researchers in China and the US.
The idea is to help recognise activities in the brain such as epilepsy.

It could assist with epilepsy surgery by enabling neuroscientists to focus on the activity within the brain and record where the activity is coming from.
The advantages of 'NeuroGrid’ against other previous devices are that it is cheaper, and much more comfortable for the patient. It measures only 4 micrometers thick and records signals up to 420mm². It consists of 120 conductive electrodes connected to a silicon chip.

It can be temporarily be inserted to the surface of the brain to record electrical activity.

These signals are then transferred via the ‘NeuroGrid’ from the brain to a computer where the recordings can be seen.

This technology is still being researched and is not yet on the market for clinical practice.

Our medical team keep regularly updated on any new developments in the research of epilepsy. They liaise regularly with a number of Neurologists within London and the South East region. They are receptive to future advances in epilepsy and how it may benefit our service users.


Reference:
Epilepsyresearch.org.uk. (2016). New Method Could Pinpoint More Accurately Where Seizures Arise | Epilepsy Research UK. [online] Available at: https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/new-method-could-pinpoint-more-accurately-where-seizures-arise/ [Accessed 29 Nov. 2016].