NIH To Fund Four Projects Testing Non-Invasive Pressure Monitoring Technology
January 28, 2007—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this past week that it is funding four separate projects, which each seek to develop technology for non-invasive intracranial pressure monitoring. The projects, which will be funded through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), represent a major breakthrough in recognizing the importance of non-invasive pressure monitoring.
Each project will concentrate on different methods of non-invasive pressure measurement, using such tools as MRIs to gauge intracranial pressure or ultrasound to measure cerebral blood flow. One project will try to determine whether changes in intracranial pressure can be observed through pressure changes in the cochlea and middle ear space.
These projects are mostly in Phase One, which means that the technology is in very early development and any device prototypes or methodology are currently being built or “on the drawing board” and have not yet been proven. The Foundation will continue to follow news about these innovative projects as they progress.