Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been suggested as a possible therapeutic tool in treating superficial cortical tumors and relieving vascular spasm and depression. In behavioral models of depression, magnetic stimulation has induced similar effects to those of electroconvulsive shock. There is an extensive body of clinical data demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of magnetic stimulation of the brain in treating major depression in patients—especially those who have not received benefit from antidepressant medication.
Magnetic seizure therapy (MST) borrows certain aspects from both electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and rTMS. Like rTMS, it uses a magnetic pulse instead of electricity to stimulate a precise target in the brain. The goal of MST is to retain the effectiveness of ECT while reducing the cognitive side effects usually associated with ECT.
MST is currently in the early stages of testing, but initial results are promising. Studies on both animals and humans have found that MST produces fewer memory side effects, shorter seizures, and allows for a shorter recovery time than ECT. However, its effect on treatment-resistant depression is not yet established.
The market for neuro-technology products is poised to become one of the most dramatic growth areas of the 21st Century. Spurred on by medical developments and discoveries that cure disease, alleviate suffering, and generally improve the quality of life, many leading research institutions and healthcare firms have gained the world’s attention and respect in recent years. Within biomedical technology, the field of neuro-technology stands out for its promise of restoring human brain function, and for transferring biomedical concepts and processes to the industrial and information processing sectors.
The fields of neuro-technology and neuroscience offer the promise of generating significant capital interest and funding, despite the current depressed state of new technology ventures. Investors will be looking for new opportunities in markets related to neuroscience. Neuro-technology, with its promise and proven record at such tasks as restoring hearing to deaf patients and hand function to quadriplegics, offers a clear opportunity.
In view of the forgoing, this invention is developed to provide an implantable magnet assembly for stimulating a patient’s brain with a static magnetic field.