FDA approves MRI-based treatment to address Parkinson's effects

Boston Scientific has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a deep brain stimulation system that uses MRI imaging.

The technology will be used in a full-body magnetic resonance imaging environment.

Deep brain stimulation is designed to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by delivering targeted electrical stimulation in the brain to provide optimal symptom relief and better control of side effects, according to the company.

“When evaluating which DBS system is best for each of my patients, I always consider the immediate and long-term needs my patient might have so we can effectively address a patient’s therapeutic needs even as their disease progresses,” says Robert Gross, MD, PhD, a neurosurgeon and professor at the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University. Dr. Gross is also a faculty member in the NS program.

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