Brain Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Advances in medical imaging have transformed
the neurosurgical speciality over recent years. Surgeons are
now able to locate anatomical and functional lesions with great
accuracy, and to carry out procedures that were unimaginable
to previous generations.
The challenge remains however: how
to accurately, reliably and simply translate the rich detail
of today’s surgical planning onto the anatomical reality
encountered in the operating room. Prosurgics is
working with surgeons to address this challenge and so provide
improved outcomes for their patients.
Our PathFinder image-guided neurosurgical
localiser is now coming into use at leading brain surgery centres.
Surgeons use this system to perform very accurate surgery,
often to areas that are deep within the brain (a procedure
called stereotaxy, or stereotactic surgery). Conventionally,
such surgery requires a metal frame to be bolted onto the skull
in order to guide the instruments. Using PathFinder it is no
longer necessary to fit this frame, which can make the operation
faster and less unpleasant. The great accuracy of this system
is likely to result in surgeons being able to obtain better
results treating some debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s
Disease. Its speed and ease of use are also expected to reduce
the time taken to perform operations and the time necessary
for patients to remain in hospital.