Technology Eases Migraine Pain in the Deep Brain
Migraine pain sits at the upper end of the typical pain scale -- an angry-red section often labeled "severe." At this intensity, pain is debilitating. Yet many sufferers do not get relief from -- or cannot tolerate -- over-the-counter and commonly prescribed pain medications.
Recently, a team of researchers that includes Dr. Marom Bikson, associate professor of biomedical engineering in CCNY's Grove School of Engineering, has shown that a brain stimulation technology can prevent migraine attacks from occurring. Their technique, using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), applies a mild electrical current to the brain from electrodes attached to the scalp.
"We developed this technology and methodology in order to get the currents deep into the brain," said Bikson. The researchers aimed to tap into the so-called pain network, among other areas, a collection of interconnected brain regions involved in perceiving and regulating pain.http://www.scienceda...20430192625.htmMigraine Therapy: Computer model of the distribution of electrical
current in the brain's pain network (sub-cortical and brainstem
structures) during transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
(Credit: Image courtesy of City College of New York)