Medtronic unveils advanced NeuroSmart Portable MER Navigation System in India

The system will be used for deep brain stimulation procedures to manage Parkinson’s Disease

India Medtronic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic announced the launch of India’s first NeuroSmart Portable Micro Electrode Recording (MER) Navigation system for Parkinson’s treatment. The NeuroSmart Portable MER Navigation system revolutionises DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) therapy by enhancing precision during surgery.

The NeuroSmart Portable MER Navigation system, developed by Alpha Omega Engineering enables accurate electrode placement while recording neural activity. Its advanced capabilities for enhanced target localisation, based on HaGuide automatic navigation, help identify the most effective target for the patient, ensuring optimum symptom relief.

The Neurology team at Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, comprising of Dr Raghuram G, Additional Director Neurosurgery and Dr Guruprasad Hosurkar, Additional Director Neurology, became the first to use this technology for Parkinson’s patients.

Dr Raghuram G, said, “This technology is a game-changer. AI and real-time feedback mean that the new MER Navigation system has revolutionised our approach to targeting brain structures during DBS procedures. This advancement significantly elevates our precision, enabling us to tailor treatments with unprecedented accuracy. Ultimately, this precision optimisation translated directly into improved patient outcomes, offering newfound hope and efficacy in our efforts to manage Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.”

Dr Hosurkar, said, “DBS therapy is a transformative intervention, enabling enhanced motor function and granting patients newfound independence. Through the precision of the new and advanced AI-enabled MER Navigation system, electrode placement is meticulously optimised, offering profound relief from debilitating symptoms such as tremors and stiffness.”

“Aimed at enhancing patient and clinician experiences, Medtronic’s legacy of innovation in DBS spans over two decades. Our advanced DBS systems foster confidence in the operating room by empowering healthcare professionals with precise data for procedural planning and verification. The NeuroSmartTM MER Navigation system integrates seamlessly, providing real-time feedback to ensure accuracy and reliability throughout the DBS procedure,” said, Prateek Tiwari, Senior Director, Neuroscience & Specialty Therapies, Medtronic India.



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