Improving Patient Experience in Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) with real time intraoperative MRI lets surgeons assess lead location with anatomic landmarks instead of the microelectrode recording used during awake surgery. The intraoperative imaging allows DBS surgery to be done under general anesthesia, without patients needing to be awake for physiological measurements. Early Cleveland Clinic experience shows DBS leads implanted using intraoperative MRI varied only modestly from target placement, within expected error ranges.