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Mtg: Electrodes in the Brain: Where Do You Want to Put Them and How Do You Get Them There?

by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays

WEDNESDAY October 15, 2014
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
– pre-operative imaging, stereotactic hardware, confirming …
Speaker: Eric E. Sabelman, Kaiser Permanente Hospital
Time: Optional dinner at Stanford Hospital Cafeteria, 6:15 PM; Presentations at 7:00 PM
Cost: none (no-host dinner)
Place: Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford
RSVP: not required

The technology for chronic brain recording and stimulating electrodes is advancing, as is the range of diseases for which such electrodes may provide symptomatic relief.  This presentation will briefly review electrode construction and the indications warranting electrode implantation.  The principal topic to be covered will be surgical implantation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes, beginning with selecting a target for the electrode based on a patient’s pre-operative imaging, and planning a (relatively) safe trajectory from anentry point on the skull.  The several varieties of stereotactic hardware employed to insert an electrode â?? some time-tested, some new and “improved” â?? will be discussed.  The older stereotactic frames and newer “frameless” devices have been designed to address different constraints â?? optimizing accuracy, ease of use, disposability vs. reusability, or compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging, but never all of these simultaneously.  Finally, means for confirming the final location of an electrode and providing this information to caregivers and patients to aid in achieving the best possible therapy will be described.


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