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An Innovative DBS System for Parkinson’s

An Innovative DBS System for Parkinson’s

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is a procedure in which electrodes are implanted into specific brain structures and connected to a pacemaker. DBS has been used effectively to treat several neurologic conditions, including Parkinson’s disease. Several companies have developed DBS systems, one of the newest being the ClearPoint Neuro Intervention System (MRI Interventions). The ClearPoint system offers several benefits to patients who are being considered for DBS and to surgeons performing the procedure. New DBS System Enables Real-Time Visualization The ClearPoint system works within a hospital’s existing MRI suite to enable real-time visualization of a patient’s brain and the DBS electrode during surgery with magnetic resonance compatible instruments. An added advantage is that it doesn’t expose the patient to ionizing radiation. Used with MRI, the system helps surgeons plan and align a trajectory. After placement of the device, the system confirms when the electrode is in the appropriate location. Traditional stereotactic methods require patients to remain awake, usually without sedation. While the risks associated with DBS are reported to be low, some patients avoid the procedure because they’re concerned about being awake during brain surgery. Because the ClearPoint system enables real-time visualization of the brain, patients can be placed under general anesthesia to experience an “asleep DBS” procedure. An asleep procedure may make DBS more of an option for these patients. The ClearPoint system may also be beneficial for patients who are prone to off-dystonia, anxiety, or claustrophobia. Precise Electrode Placement With DBS, if the electrode is more than 3 mm off target, the therapy might not work as well as it should, or a revision surgery could be...
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