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University of Michigan Installs Neuro Kinetics, Inc.'s I-Portal(R) NOTC System



6/9/2009 9:04:28 AM

Expects to Collaborate on Testing OVAR Effectiveness

PITTSBURGH, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) (www.neuro-kinetics.com), manufacturers of noninvasive medical evaluation equipment used worldwide to test for balance, vestibular, neurological and other disorders, said today that the University of Michigan Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology's Vestibular Testing Center has purchased and installed its I-Portal(R) NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) system.

The University is using the equipment to test patients for a range of balance and dizziness complaints, said Jaynee Handelsman, Ph.D., the Vestibular Testing Center's assistant director.

NKI's I-Portal NOTC system features the company's renowned Barany (rotational) chair, optokinetic ball and Pursuit Tracker(TM). Those components create an adaptable array of motion, optokinetic and ocular motor stimulus profiles.

Motion profiles include traditional sinusoidal and trapezoidal motion profiles as well as visual vestibular interaction and other combined ocular motor and motion tests.

The I-Portal NOTC system also includes the NKI's I-Portal VOG (Video Oculography) system to collect the response of the eyes, and NKI's proprietary VEST(TM) control and analysis software to operate the equipment and generate results and analysis.

"We were impressed by the effectiveness of Neuro Kinetics' I-Portal NOTC system," Handelsman said.

"We routinely see difficult patients, some with chronic health issues and others with weight problems," she said. "The I-Portal NOTC allows us to address a range of issues with confidence."

Alex Kiderman, Neuro Kinetics' chief technology officer, said the company expects to undertake collaborative research with the University of Michigan's Vestibular Testing Center.

One area of anticipated collaborative research, he said, is gathering normative data and testing the effectiveness of the OVAR (Off-Vertical Access Rotation) process using the clinical version of the I-Portal NOTC system.

The University of Michigan's Vestibular Testing Center is one of the leading facilities of its kind in the world.

"The Center is highly respected by otolaryngologists, audiologists, neurologists, neuro-otologists and other researchers and clinicians," Kiderman said. "We are honored that they have chosen to work with us and look forward to many years of partnership with them."

For more information about the University of Michigan's Vestibular Testing Center, visit http://www2.med.umich.edu/healthcenters/clinic_detail.cfm?hc_id=&service_id=51&um_unit_id=&clin_dept=Otolaryngology&search_clinicdept=Otolaryngology&search_clinicname=&search_clinkeyword=Balance&thissearch.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM

The University of Michigan Health System (http://www.med.umich.edu) is an award-winning healthcare system and premier academic medical center which includes three hospitals, four specialty medical centers, over 30 health centers and clinics in southeast Michigan, the University of Michigan Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice, the clinical activities of the University of Michigan School of Nursing and the Michigan Health Corp., the legal entity that allows the Health System to enter into partnerships, affiliations, joint ventures and other business activities. The Medical School is a world-class institution with a faculty of more than 2,000 physicians and researchers and 25 clinical and basic science departments, and a long history of translating discoveries into improvements in patient care. UMMS consistently ranks among the nations top research institutions.

ABOUT NEURO KINETICS, INC.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (www.neuro-kinetics.com) is a fast-growing manufacturer of noninvasive medical test equipment used worldwide by audiologists, neurologists, neuro-otologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists and other medical specialists in the detection and evaluation of neurological, otological and vestibular disorders. The privately owned company, originating in the 1970s, pioneered the development of vestibular and neuro-otologic testing equipment, including the renowned Barany (rotational) chair. The company's patented products include the I-Portal(R) NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) system, I-Portal(R) VNG (Video Nystagmography) system and I-Portal(R) VOG (Video Oculography) system, along with related accessories, software, training and support services. Users include doctors and researchers in universities and government facilities as well as specialists in fields such as audiology, neurology, neuro-otology, ophthalmology and otolaryngology.

CONTACT: John Buckman of Buckman Communications, +1-412-381-2900,
jbuckman@buckman.biz, for Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

Web site: http://www.neuro-kinetics.com/


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