Relative Comparison of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Methods for Modulating Deep Brain Targets.
Radyte E., Wendt K., Sorkhabi MM., O'Shea J., Denison T.
This study models and investigates whether temporally interfering electric fields (TI EFs) could function as an effective non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) method for deep brain structure targeting in humans, relevant for psychiatric applications. Here, electric fields off- and on-target are modelled and compared with other common NIBS modalities (tACS, TMS). Additionally, local effects of the field strength are modelled on single-compartment neuronal models. While TI EFs are able to effectively reach deep brain targets, the ratio of off- to on-target stimulation remains high and comparable to other NIBS and may result in off-target neural blocks. Clinical Relevance- This study builds on earlier work and demonstrates some of the challenges -such as off-target conduction blocks- of applying TI EFs for targeting deep brain structures important in understanding the potential of treating neuropsychiatric conditions in the future.