Researchers at Israel-based Brainsgate have developed a system that uses electrical stimulation to treat ischemic stroke.
The system consists of miniature neurostimulator, a donut-shaped transmitter, and a driver that delivers electrical energy.
The neurostimulator is implanted near the sphenopalatine ganglion – a nerve located in the roof of the mouth – while the transmitter is placed on the patient’s cheek, near the implant.
Delivering electricity to the sphenopalatine ganglion dilates the arteries and allows greater blood flow to the affected areas of the brain.
Researchers are planning to conduct a clinical trial of the device in the US in the next two years.