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DBS Operation for Parkinson's Disease Performed Inside iMRI
Date:9/23/2011

DETROIT, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Hospital became the third hospital in the United States to perform a Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure inside an Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner, or iMRI.

"This is a great addition to the neurosurgical toolbox," says Jason M. Schwalb, M.D., Director of Movement Disorder and Behavioral Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Health System.

"Although awake surgery with brain mapping is still the standard of care for DBS, some patients can not tolerate awake surgery because of anxiety or the severity of their disease. The iMRI allows us to place DBS electrodes accurately for an asleep patient. We can also use it to confirm accurate electrode placement before closing the skin."

DBS is an effective surgical procedure that uses mild electrical pulses to ease or control the most debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease, including tremor, extra movements, walking difficulty, stiffness and slowness.

DBS was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for Parkinson's disease.

The procedure is a great advancement over previous surgical treatments including "ablative" or "lesioning" surgeries, in which heat is used to damage or destroy parts of the brain known to cause tremor and other symptoms of the disease. Over 60,000 DBS procedures have been performed worldwide.

DBS is fully approved by the FDA for essential tremor and Parkinson's disease. It is approved by the FDA under a Humanitarian Device Exemption for primary Dystonia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Gerhard Schubert, a teacher from White Lake, Mich., who suffers from Parkinson's disease, recently underwent DBS using the iMRI at Henry Ford. He opted for DBS because his medication had lost its effectiveness for controlling his symptoms of the disease, including tremors.

Henry Ford is one of a relative handful of medical institutions worldwide - and the only one in Michigan - to acqu
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