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July 01, 1983 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-01

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Technion Develops Compact Vision Aid

HAIFA — An innovative
visual stimulator, used to
diagnose disturbances in
the visual system through
measurement of electrical
activity in the brain, has
been developed by scientists
at the Technion - Israel In-
stitute of Technology. The
new unit is small enough to
be brought to the patient's
bedside and much easier to
use than models now on the
The new instrument
enables detection of eye dis-
turbances in all parts of the
visual system, from the eye
to the portion of the brain
connected with sight. It is
especially effective in de-

tecting growths affecting
vision. The research was
carried out by Dr. Hillel
Pratt of the Technion Fa-
culty of Medicine and Dr.
Shmuel Schaham of the Fa-
culty of Electrical
Readings obtained from
the instrument can be used
in several areas of medical
and physiological research:
the stimulator enables
physicians to detect even
minimal degeneration of
nerves and their sheathes,
as well as other abnor-
malities in the body's visual
systems. This may be the
only practical way of obtain-
ing evidence of visual prob-

U.S. Students May Intern
in Israel Through Haifa U.

HAIFA —The University
of Haifa has instituted a
program enabling Ameri-
can students to do their in-
ternships in Israel.
Through the university's
Overseas Student Program
and the Center for Study in
Israel, students may apply
for internships in such
fields as journalism, hotel
management, occupational
therapy, clinical psychology
and others. These intern-
ships will fulfill the re-
quirements of the students'
American schools.
Intensive studies in He-
brew are given in tandem
with the internship and
students also are given the

opportunity to choose one
elective course offered by
the Overseas Student Pro-

Chinese Olim

Hundreds of Chinese who
came to Israel on their own
are adjusting well to life in
Israel. Many of the Chinese
operate or work in Chinese
The newspaper Haaretz
reported that the Chinese
have integrated well into
Israeli society without re-
ceiving the privileges ob-
tained by Jewish olim
through the Jewish Agency.

lems at an early stage, even
before the patient has be-
come aware of them.
The stimulator can also
provide an indication of the
onset of multiple sclerosis at
a very early stage of that
A visual stimulator is
an instrument which
flashes pattern changes
before the patient's eye,
in order to evoke activity
along his visual path-
ways and nerves, and in
the brain. The visual
stimulus most commonly
used is a checkerboard,
in which the pattern of
black and white squares
is instantaneously re-
versed. Reseachers have
found that such patterns
evoke the strongest reac-
tion in the brain. Elec-
trodes placed on the
scalp consequently
monitor the reaction,
using electronic equip-
ment and sophisticated
signal detection tech-
A number of such visual
stimulators are now avail-
able commercially. How-
ever, all of them are large,
expensive, and involve
cumbersome electrical and
projection equipment. Only
major clinics have the
means and space to house
and operate them.
The Technion develop-
ment overcomes that diffi-
culty. The new stimulator is
compact enough to be
brought to each individual

patient, and to become part
of the standard equipment
in every hospital examina-
tion room. It also offers an
element of flexibility not
found in older systems: a
color option is available,
where conventional
stimulators only operated
in black and white.

Friday, July 1, 1983 17




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Announcing Four Bears Water
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