Interventional MRI Deep Brain Stimulation
Our department has recently become one of the first ten programs in the world to offer a procedure that allows DBS electrodes to be placed in an MRI scanner instead of the operating room. Parkinson’s and dystonia patients may now undergo surgery without having a frame placed on their heads and without having to be awake. This new procedure is potentially appropriate for:
- patients in which the subthalamic nucleus (STN) or globus pallidus (GPi) is being implanted
- patients who are too dystonic to undergo awake surgery
- patients who are too frightened or too anxious to undergo awake surgery
- pediatric movement disorder patients
For more information, please contact R. Mark Richardson, MD, at (412) 647-0958 to schedule an appointment.