Patent Number: 6,253,109

Title: System for optimized brain stimulation

Abstract: There is provided apparatus and a method for testing to optimally place a deep brain lead, particularly for stimulating the GPi or other deep brain target to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease and the like. The invention embraces determining the location of a feedback target such as the motor cortex, the location of the deep brain target, and inserting a test lead along a substantially linear trajectory so as to be able to stimulate both concurrently. The test lead has an electrode at about its distal end for stimulation of the deep brain target, and an electrode adjustably positioned 3-8 cm proximal for stimulation of the motor cortex. When stimulation is applied concurrently through both electrodes, the affected body portion, e.g., limb, can be made to move when and if the deep brain electrode is optimally positioned. The position can be checked during surgical implant of the system, and the lead position adjusted until the optimum position is found. By use of this invention, the best lead position for the permanently implanted lead can be determined during the surgical procedure.

Inventors: Gielen; Frans L. H. (Ne Eckelrade, NL)

Assignee: Medtronic Inc.

International Classification: A61N 1/36 (20060101); A61N 001/36 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018