Over 17 years ago scientists now employed by Parsons Research Engineering, Inc. led the development of the embedded electronic control module for the first weighing bed system for critical care patients produced by the leading hospital bed manufacturer in the U.S. It has been upgraded to recent technology, but this initial concept is still in use today. This development required circuit design for strain gage load sensors, battery management, display and user interface, and software development for the embedded controller.
urrent research at PRE involves medical devices for neural stimulation and recording of the central nervous system. Primary focus is implant devices and probes for deep brain stimulation for the treatment of tremors and Parkinson Disease movement disorders. This research is being conducted with University of Colorado and neurosurgeons at the University of Colorado Hospital. Additional research areas include functional electrical stimulation circuits for spinal cord stimulation and neural signal recording for neural prosthetic control.
We are active in the area of integration of electronics, materials, applied physics, and physiology for implant devices. Electronic circuits using integrated CMOS switched capacitor technology, r.f. communications, and micro-power control are investigated for application to chronic implants. We provide technology recommendations and component and ASIC development for the medical industry.