In UCLA study, magnetic stimulation of lower spine eliminates need for catheter for up to 4 weeks

T2-weighted MRI imaging showing the degree of SCI in all five subjects enrolled in the study.

In a study of five men whose injuries occurred five to 13 years ago, UCLA neuroscientists stimulated the lower spinal cord through the skin with a magnetic device placed at the lumbar spine. The research is the first to show that the technique enables people with spinal cord injuries to recover significant bladder control for up to four weeks between treatments.

“All five of the men regained the ability to urinate on their own during stimulation,” Lu said. “One patient — 13 years after his injury — was able to completely stop using a catheter and empty his bladder several times a day, up to four weeks after his last treatment.

Read more: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-30232-z

In UCLA study, magnetic stimulation of lower spine eliminates need for catheter for up to 4 weeks