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System and Methods for Multi-Parameter Adjustment in Tissue Stimulation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216325D
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

This idea describes a stimulation programming control surface that provides the ability to adjust multiple parameters and electrode configurations simultaneously. Programming for tissue stimulation systems involves the clinician manually adjusting several parameters at a time in order to selectively stimulate a specific target without stimulating neighboring, but unwanted targets, due to possible side-effects. The clinician can achieve stimulation selectivity by having more control over automated current steering that concurrently alters electrode spacing, stimulation amplitude, and stimulation pulse width.

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System and Methods for Multi-Parameter Adjustment in Tissue Stimulation

SUMMARY:

This idea describes a stimulation programming control surface that provides the ability to adjust multiple parameters and electrode configurations simultaneously. Programming for tissue stimulation systems involves the clinician manually adjusting several parameters at a time in order to selectively stimulate a specific target without stimulating neighboring, but unwanted targets, due to possible side-effects. The clinician can achieve stimulation selectivity by having more control over automated current steering that concurrently alters electrode spacing, stimulation amplitude, and stimulation pulse width.

Programming an implantable tissue stimulator involves adjusting multiple stimulation parameters in order to optimize the therapeutic effect. This includes stimulation amplitude, stimulation pulse width, and perhaps most importantly, electrode combination and spacing. While the preferred embodiment is neurostimulation, this applies to any form of electrical stimulation of excitable tissue, for example cardiac stimulation, functional electrical stimulation, skin stimulation, bone growth stimulation, and muscle stimulation.

Since there are various techniques with regards to electrode spacing, there is a need to have a programming platform that can assess in real-time the best anode-cathode spacing needed for optimal therapy.

BACKGROUND:

During a programming session, the clinician may manually program a select number of anodes or cathodes. Conversely, the clinician may want to adjust electrode configurations created using existing automated current steering algorithms. After specifying the available parameters, the clinician will perform additional current steering by increasing or decreasing the anode-cathode contact spacing.

During steering, a rolling cathode or rolling anode is a...