Electric field characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy with individualized current amplitude: a preclinical study.


Journal Article

This study examines the characteristics of the electric field induced in the brain by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with individualized current amplitude. The electric field induced by bilateral (BL), bifrontal (BF), right unilateral (RUL), and frontomedial (FM) ECT electrode configurations was computed in anatomically realistic finite element models of four nonhuman primates (NHPs). We generated maps of the electric field strength relative to an empirical neural activation threshold, and determined the stimulation strength and focality at fixed current amplitude and at individualized current amplitudes corresponding to seizure threshold (ST) measured in the anesthetized NHPs. The results show less variation in brain volume stimulated above threshold with individualized current amplitudes (16-36%) compared to fixed current amplitude (30-62%). Further, the stimulated brain volume at amplitude-titrated ST is substantially lower than that for ECT with conventional fixed current amplitudes. Thus individualizing the ECT stimulus current could compensate for individual anatomical variability and result in more focal and uniform electric field exposure across different subjects compared to the standard clinical practice of using high, fixed current for all patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, WH; Lisanby, SH; Laine, AF; Peterchev, AV

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2013 /

Start / End Page

  • 3082 - 3085

PubMed ID

  • 24110379

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24110379

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-170X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610192


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States