Clinical outcome prediction from analysis of microelectrode recordings using deep learning in subthalamic deep brain stimulation for Parkinson‘s disease

Kwang Hyon Park, Sukkyu Sun, Yong Hoon Lim, Hye Ran Park, Jae Meen Lee, Kawngwoo Park, Beomseok Jeon, Hee Pyoung Park, Hee Chan Kim, Sun Ha Paek

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Background Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is an effective treatment for improving the motor symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). Accurate positioning of the stimulation electrodes is necessary for better clinical outcomes. Objective We applied deep learning techniques to microelectrode recording (MER) signals to better predict motor function improvement, represented by the UPDRS part III scores, after bilateral STN DBS in patients with advanced PD. If we find the optimal stimulation point with MER by deep learning, we can improve the clinical outcome of STN DBS even under restrictions such as general anesthesia or non-cooperation of the patients. Methods In total, 696 4-second left-side MER segments from 34 patients with advanced PD who underwent bilateral STN DBS surgery under general anesthesia were included. We transformed the original signal into three wavelets of 1–50 Hz, 50–500 Hz, and 500–5,000 Hz. The wavelet-transformed MER was used for input data of the deep learning. The patients were divided into two groups, good response and moderate response groups, according to DBS on to off ratio of UPDRS part III score for the off-medication state, 6 months postoperatively. The ratio were used for output data in deep learning. The Visual Geometry Group (VGG)-16 model with a multitask learning algorithm was used to estimate the bilateral effect of DBS. Different ratios of the loss function in the task-specific layer were applied considering that DBS affects both sides differently. Results When we divided the MER signals according to the frequency, the maximal accuracy was higher in the 50–500 Hz group than in the 1–50 Hz and 500–5,000 Hz groups. In addition, when the multitask learning method was applied, the stability of the model was improved in comparison with single task learning. The maximal accuracy (80.21%) occurred when the right-to-left loss ratio was 5:1 or 6:1. The area under the curve (AUC) was 0.88 in the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. Conclusion Clinical improvements in PD patients who underwent bilateral STN DBS could be predicted based on a multitask deep learning-based MER analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0244133
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1 January
StatePublished - Jan 2021

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