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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 user 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
Fitting process for a neural stimulation system
Application Number
10/150679
Publication Number
6609032 (B1)
Application Date
May 17, 2002
Publication Date
August 19, 2003
Inventor
Gerald E Loeb
South Pasadena
CA, US
Paul M Meadows
Glendale
CA, US
David K L Peterson
Saugus
CA, US
Carla Mann Woods
Los Angeles
CA, US
Agent
Bryant R Gold
US
Assignee
Advanced Bionics Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61N 1/36
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