A magnetic helmet has been used to treat a brain tumor. This is the latest technological breakthrough in neurological medicine. The helmet not only detected a brain tumor but also decreased it by a third. A 53-year old patient was fitted with the helmet. An autopsy revealed that 31% of the tumor had been removed within a relatively short time. This was the first non-invasive treatment for a deadly type of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
The device is composed of three rotating magnets that are connected to an electronic controller based on a microprocessor. The rechargeable battery powers the magnets. The helmet, according to its inventors, could be used to treat brain cancer without radiation or chemotherapy.
As part of his therapy, the patient wore the helmet five weeks in a clinic and at home. The magnetic field reduced the tumor volume and mass by almost a third. The helmet was initially worn by the patient for two hours but was then increased to six hours.