DBS with Directional Lead Technology

What is directional lead technology?

In January 2017, UPMC became the first center in Pennsylvania to offer DBS patients directional lead technology. Our movement disorder patients have the option to be implanted with a St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system, which has segmented electrodes that allow precise steering of current towards desired structural area in order to maximize therapeutic benefit and reduce potential side effects.

What are the advantages of the St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system?

The system operates on a secure wireless platform using Bluetooth and iOS software. Patients are given iPods which they can use to adjust their DBS settings within a pre-set range, which is made easier to understand with visual representation on the programming device.

Aspects of this system that may help enhance patient comfort and device durability are:

  • The extension wires are flexible providing improved patient comfort
  • There have been zero reported fractures in the global market
  • The internal pulse generator (IPG, or “battery”) is the smallest bilateral conventional cell availble

DBS electrodes
DBS electrode showing segmented stimulation contacts that allow directional current steering.

Infinity components
Infinity DBS system components.