Medtronic announces the CE mark for Percept PC neurostimulator. It is the only Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system to be launched in the European Union (EU) with BrainSense technology that can sense and record brain signals while delivering therapy to patients with neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.
BrainSense technology enables physicians to track patient-specific brain signals and correlate these with patient-recorded events, such as symptoms or side-effects associated with their disease or the medications to treat it. This enables more personalised, data-driven neurostimulation treatment. The Percept PC neurostimulator is approved in the EU for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), essential tremor, primary dystonia as well as epilepsy and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“DBS is proven to significantly improve motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease compared to standard medication alone—but with currently-available systems, physicians need to make therapeutic decisions mostly based on clinical assessments and patient-reported information,” said Professor Andrea Kühn, head of Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany. “Percept PC with BrainSense technology is a game changer. Patients and their care teams will have objective patient-specific brain signal data—including data recorded outside the clinic in patients’ everyday lives. With this technology, doctors could tailor therapy more precisely to the individual needs of each patient based on data from neuronal activity.”
In addition to BrainSense technology, the Percept PC DBS system features several leading-edge innovations, including:
- The only DBS system with MR conditional labelling that allows for 3T and 1.5T full-body MRI scans, providing patients access to cutting-edge medical imaging
- Improved battery longevity compared to Medtronic’s Activa PC neurostimulator (when using similar settings and functionality) in a smaller (reduced volume), ergonomic design for patient comfort
- Low pulse width (duration of the pulse), providing expanded stimulation options allowing for finer control over the neural activation area
- Enhanced Patient Programmer leveraging a user-friendly, custom-configured Samsung mobile device that allows patients to manage their therapy easily
- Designed to easily facilitate expanded capabilities in the future via software upgrades—to prepare for what is next in DBS
The Percept PC neurostimulator will be available in Western Europe beginning 15 January and will launch in additional regions based on local regulations.