February 28, 2006

Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (ANS) recently introduced its newest programming platform for the management of spinal cord stimulation at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's annual meeting in San Diego.

The Rapid Programmer 3.0 is used for the management of spinal cord stimulation, a therapy used for treating chronic pain of the trunk and limbs. The device delivers advanced programming features including the Dynamic MultiStim and Active Balancing programming, two industry firsts, said Denise Landry, ANS spokesperson.

The smallest and lightest programmer in the industry, according to ANS, the handheld system features enhanced graphics and a Windows-based user interface. It also is available as a software upgrade to the ANS Rapid programmer, first introduced in September 2003.

"The new Rapid Programmer 3.0 empowers clinicians to deliver more efficient and effective patient care and is designed to decrease the average postoperative programming time," said Chris Chavez, ANS president. "For the first time, clinicians have the ability to test and make real-time changes to multiple areas of stimulation coverage."