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3-D Brain Imaging

Three dimensional (3-d) brain imaging is the latest advance in medical technology to assist neurosurgeons in brain surgery.

The computerized procedure uses interactive 3-D technology to map the human brain and help guide neurological surgeons during epilepsy surgery and procedures to remove malignant brain tumors.

This imaging technology can help surgeons better determine the location of tumors for removal. The 3-D mapping also helps guide surgeons during epilepsy procedures to see exactly where electrodes have been placed in the brain and portions of the brain that may have to be removed to help stop seizures.

The procedure has been implemented at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  which is one of first medical centers in the U.S. to develop and begin using technology.  The software used to power this system is called MediCAD.

DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) images of the brain are integrated and downloaded, using the MediCAD software, onto PCs in the operating room (OR). This allows the surgeons to view almost real-time digital map of a patient’s brain and better perceive brain activity information. MediCAD also allows the surgeons to virtual “slice” the brain into sections, zoom in for close-ups of sections of the brain and even rotate the image in various directions.

Now is this cool, or is this cool?

This new technology will certainly improve the accuracy of neurosurgeons and hopefully will be expanded to other brain surgeries as well.



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