This project will determine the ultimate usefulness of functional magnetic stimulation (FMS)
as an assistive device for voiding in patients with SCI.
Investigators intend to determine the ultimate usefulness of functional magnetic stimulation
(FMS) as an assistive device for voiding in patients with SCI.
Thirty six persons will be recruited and will undergo an 8 week protocol for conditioning of
the bladder. The investigators propose to: investigate the changes in bladder function in
response to long-term bladder conditioning by FMS; further optimize the FMS technology and
parameters for effective bladder emptying in SCI; evaluate the role of the external
sphincter muscle fatigue by FS in facilitating bladder emptying; critically evaluate the
relative response of FMS data to existing information using functional electrical
stimulation;further develop criteria that will be used to predict which SCI patients are
optimally suitable for FMS; establish a comprehensive stimulation criteria that will reflect
the safety and effectiveness of structures associated with the bladder that are exposed to
the electro-myographic field.
Patients with SCI above T10 level, six months post injury
John Fryer, Ph.D. Asst. Director
Program Analysis and Review Section (PARS), Rehabilitation Research & Development Service