06393325 is referenced by 510 patents.

A programming system and method for use with an implantable tissue stimulator allows a clinician or patient to quickly determine a desired electrode stimulation pattern, including which electrodes of a multiplicity of electrodes in an electrode array should receive a stimulation current, including the amplitude, width and pulse repetition rate of such current. Movement of the selected group of electrodes is facilitated through the use of a directional pointing device, such as a joystick. As movement of the selected group of electrodes occurs, current redistribution amongst the various electrode contacts takes place. The redistribution of stimulus amplitudes utilizes re-normalization of amplitudes so that the perceptual level remains fairly constant. This prevents the resulting paresthesia from falling below the perceptual threshold or above the comfort threshold. A software wizard provides a software interface, including the use of easy-to-understand instructional, data-gathering and/or parameter-setting screens, that walks a user step by step through the programming process.

Title
Directional programming for implantable electrode arrays
Application Number
9/550217
Publication Number
6393325 (B1)
Application Date
April 17, 2000
Publication Date
May 21, 2002
Inventor
Paul M Meadows
La Canada
CA, US
David K L Peterson
Saugus
CA, US
Carla M Mann
Los Angeles
CA, US
Agent
Bryant R Gold
US
Assignee
Advanced Bionics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61N 1/36
View Original Source