The authors assess the accuracy of targeting nucleus ventralis intermedius (Vim) with fast spin echo inversion recovery (FSE/IR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 18 successful deep brain stimulator (DBS) implants for medically refractory tremor. FSE/IR-MRI-derived coordinates are compared to the final coordinates employed for DBS lead placement, selected with intraoperative neurophysiology. The authors conclude that FSE/IR MRI is sufficiently reliable to serve as the sole means of anatomically targeting Vim for DBS lead placement. An independent computer workstation is not required for accurate targeting; however, intraoperative neurophysiology remain essential.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology