Congratulations to Drs. Okun and Foote on the publication of “D:16220 Visualization Tool for DBS Programming Used With a Multiple-Source, Constant-Current System Reduces Initial Programming Time.” This article was published in the July 1st supplement of Neuromodulation.
Optimization of DBS programming usually consists of a trial-and-error process involving appraisal of various stimulation parameters. Both the clinician assessment and patient reporting of clinical benefit are used to define the optimal setting. However, this process can be an inefficient, lengthy and burdensome. The use of a visualization tool that illustrates the location of the DBS lead in the patient’s own segmented anatomy and volume of tissue activated (VTA) may help to improve patient-specific efficiency of achieving programming optimization and outcomes. We describe the utilization of newly available visualization software for use as a deep brain stimulation (DBS) planning tool during initial programming in Parkinson’s disease (PD).