Yes. The Galileo somatosensory stimulation system can be used in all imaging systems. Since it is a pneumotactile system, unlike electrical stimulation methods it creates no interference problems of any kind. The Galileo is 100% compatible with all neuroimaging devices.
Unlike all other stimulation methods, the Galileo can be used to provide direct somatosensory stimulation without interference inside all imaging environments, so there is often no need to use indirect stimulation (e.g., visual, audial). The pneumotactile design also allows for the recruitment of nerves in the natural order, small to large, rather than effectively all at one with electrical stimulation. This is an 8-channel system, with the channels able to be accessed individually. Finally, the Galileo is non-invasive and safe, with zero reported problems in years of heavy use in many research institutions.
Since the Galileo is a pneumatic-based, non-invasive system, there is essentially no safety risk of any kind. Our CEO says, “The only way you could hurt someone with the Galileo is to pick it up and hit them with it.”
At this time, the Galileo is a research-only system. However, many of our researchers are now testing for the potential therapeutic benefits of this unique pneumotactile, saltatory system. Its 100% compatibility with all neuroimaging systems has opened the door to a great many therapeutic possibilities.
One of our research partners is already in clinical trials evaluating the therapeutic possibilities of the Galileo for stroke therapy. Others are looking into testing the Galileo for possible therapeutic use in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Traumatic Brain Injury (both TBI and mTBI – the NIH has advised us that this is a real possibility), improvement of blood-flow velocity to the brain in cancer patients, and enhancement of undeveloped neural connections in premature infants. A research director at the Veterans Administration has told us that he sees possibilities for PTSD and Parkinson’s. The Galileo’s 8-channels offer opportunities in a wide array of possible therapies.
We developed the Galileo to dramatically enhance your research possibilities with somatosensory stimulation while at the same time making the system as easy to use as possible. In the first place, this means that we designed the system to remove all unnecessary complexity. In practice, this also means that we provide remote assistance to you on system implementation and use questions at no extra charge. Although we do provide a full training package for a fee (remote or on site), we have found that 95% of the time we can get you past the difficulties using the “we are here to help at no extra charge” option.
No. Since there are moving components (e.g. pumps), some relatively minor noise is of course generated. We take strong steps to further mitigate the noise through interior design and insulation techniques. The Galileo is also configured to operate with several tube lengths that allow you to place the Galileo a significant distance away from the subject, and even behind a barrier or in another room. The tube lengths are 5.2 meters (17 feet) and 7.6 meters (25 feet).
No. Like all systems, components can wear out, but we build the system using the highest-quality components and have had no significant failures to date. The only issue that has come up from time to time is damage to the system during shipping. We take great pains to package the system to withstand rough handling, but some shippers find creative ways to overcome all precautions. We recommend using only quality transportation companies, and securing substantial insurance in case of any damage. All shipments are FOB EMCI, but if we handle the shipping for you, we will use a quality company and still purchase significant insurance on your behalf. We find that simply having a relatively large amount of insurance in place all by itself promotes better behavior from transportation companies.
We offer a one-year warranty as part of the cost of the system. Various extensions of the warranty are available for a fee. These extended warranties are normally purchased with the Galileo, but if the system is operating normally we allow the purchase of an extended warranty for up to 90 days from the date on which you receive the system.
The usual lead time in the recent past has been approximately 6-8 weeks. We build the Galileo system one at a time and customize as necessary, and produce them in the order of the dates in which the purchase was made (in certain situations where we are convinced timing is crucial, we do consider expediting an order for an additional fee). Although supply chain issues can surprise, we work toward being our own supply chain by carrying significant inventory of critical components.
We are a “one stop shop” for all things Galileo. We have standard pricing available for all accessories. We usually have these in stock, although larger orders may require scheduling.
All rights to this pneumotactile, non-invasive, saltatory 8-channel system, including multiple patents, are held by Epic Medical Concepts & Innovations, Inc. (EMCI).
Yes. If you are interested in exploring potential therapeutic applications, and are seeking grants for that important work, please contact us and we will be happy to explore with you how we can work together to advance this work, and to produce a viable version of the Galileo for use in whatever therapeutic application aligns with your interests.