Friday, 28 July 2017

Wearable Brain Monitoring Devices to Detect Brain Waves Wirelessly

Brain monitoring equipment can detect neurological and cardiovascular disorders. Development of wireless and smart devices can improve comfort level and life expectancy of the patients in the long run.

What are Brain Monitoring Devices?

Brain monitoring devices can detect and analyze unusual brain activity. They monitor blood flow to the brain during surgeries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 50 million people around the world were afflicted with epilepsy in 2011. Companies are rising to this challenge by manufacturing user-friendly and economical equipment. Technological advancements have led to their implantation in pre- and post-operative stages. These devices can measure anesthesia levels to avoid the possibility of intraoperative awareness in patients.

Brain monitoring equipment market

Monitoring the Depth of Anesthesia

Cortical Dynamics, a prominent brain monitoring equipment  manufacturer, recently launched its latest device, Brain Anaesthesia Response (BAR). It can prevent intraoperative awareness. This device can replace Electroencephalography (EEG) devices in the near future by improving patient outcomes and lowering anesthesia costs. The geriatric population will be the biggest beneficiary of this device.

Wearable Brain Monitoring

This latest breakthrough technology could be a step forward in terms of portability. Miniaturization of sensors could lead to the development of affordable sensors in the forthcoming years. These sensors can be used for additional cognitive trials during drug trials. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a dissolvable monitoring device that can monitor and analyze brain waves. Although, this device is still in its testing phase, it successfully monitored brain waves of the lab rats for around three days.

Market Scenario

According to a report available on Radiant Insights, Inc.; the brain monitoring equipment market in United States is projected to gain significant revenue by 2022. Rising incidence of brain disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy can impel market growth over the forecast period (2012 to 2022) . Urgent requirement from Intensive Care Units (ICUs) can positively impact the expansion.

EEG devices may emerge as one of the biggest products in the forthcoming years due to their application in epilepsy and sleep disorders. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) devices may exhibit a high CAGR till 2022. Ongoing technological advancements can boost this growth. Prominent market players include Natus Medical Incorporated, Siemens Healthineers, Philips Healthcare, and Advanced Brain Monitoring. 

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