Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Targets, Technology and Trials: Two Decades of ProgressAuthors: Kim Burchiel, M.D.
Company: Oregon Health and Science University
Date Published: 9/16/2015 Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a technique that has been used in Neurological Surgery since the 1960's. With advances implantable technology, and the implementation of high-frequency DBS, the field has demonstrated success, particularly in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, and other forms of tremor. Other applications such as the use of DBS in treatment of epilepsy and depression have shown modest success, and have not yet been widely adopted. What is remarkable is that DBS technology has substantially lagged behind that for cardiac rhythm management (CRM) in terms of electrode and generator design. The presentation will highlight the development of DBS, those clinical applications which have been successful, those which have languished, and those that hold promise for the future. New implantation techniques that promise simplicity and safety will also be described.
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