Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery Using a Stereotactic Frame

What is a Stereotactic Frame?

Pictures of stereotactic frame

The Stereotactic Frame is a surgical device which allows very accurate placement of the deep brain electrodes used for brain stimulation. The patient is sedated while the frame is attached to the skull. The patient is next taken to CAT Scan. The relationship between the frame and the brain is recorded in the CAT Scan data set and allows further computer calculations to determine accurate electrode placement.