Stimulators, Electrical, Brain, Convulsive Therapy
Definition : Electrical brain stimulators that apply stimuli (electric shock) to a patient's brain to induce convulsions and loss of consciousness. The stimuli are applied through electrodes placed on an unshaved scalp or on bare skin over the temples; stimuli are not usually targeted toward specific areas of the brain. These stimulators typically consist of a console with controls, displays and printers, and electrodes; some also include monitors (e.g., electrocardiograph, electroencephalograph) to display vital signs during treatment. The shape, duration, and repetition rate of the electrical stimuli applied by these stimulators determine the amount of energy reaching the brain. Convulsive therapy electrical stimulators are used to treat patients with major depression, schizophrenia, and mania.
Entry Terms : "Convulsive Therapy Stimulators" , "Electroconvulsive Therapy Units" , "ECT Machines" , "Electroshock Units"
UMDC code : 11484