Neurosurgeons At NYU Langone First To Use Advanced Imaging Fusion Technique To Enhance Surgical Precision

Meshing of Preoperative and Intraoperative Scans Provides Real-Time, High Quality 3D Brain Mapping for Precise “Neuronavigation”

September 30, 2011 - 2:42pm

New neuronavigation technique fuses CT and MRI intraoperatively (Photo courtesy of the Department of Radiology)Neurosurgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center are the first to use a technique using new software to rapidly fuse MRI scans and pre-op angiography with intraoperative CT images – creating precise, high-resolution 3D images previously unobtainable, in less than 15 minutes. The technique allows neurosurgeons at NYU Langone to better visualize and navigate during complex cerebrovascular procedures using the flat-panel detector computed tomography (FD-CT) and three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA) with advanced neuronavigational systems (NNS) available in the medical center’s new hybrid operating suite.  

“Minimally invasive image-based surgery of the head, neck and spine is evolving and we are using these cutting edge radiographic and surgical tools to treat the most complex brain conditions,” said Howard A. Riina, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Neurosurgeryat NYU Langone Medical Center. “The result is greater surgical precision and better patient outcomes.”

The precise mapping of delicate brain arterial and nerve pathways is critical for locating, assessing and approaching delicate neurovascular conditions such as aneurysms or complex tumors. Traditionally, preoperative angiography scans of the blood vessels in the brain provided neurosurgeons an initial reference point for planning their approach. This new technique integrates the angioplasty data with real-time, intraoperative images to create a single, highly-detailed, comprehensive perspective of the blood vessels, bone and tissue of the surgical site – and provides vital information to the surgeon at their fingertips for better patient assessment, more detailed surgical planning and finely targeted treatment.

NYU Langone was ranked as one of the best neurosurgery departments in the country in U.S. News & World Report2011-2012 Best Hospitals. The neurosurgery faculty specializes in the research and treatment of conditions impacting the brain and nervous system, from head and spinal cord injuries to subarachnoid hemorrhage and vasospasm, intracranial tumors and minimally invasive approaches to intracranial neoplasms by computer-assisted stereotactic methods. For more information, go to http://www.med.nyu.edu/neurosurgery/.

 

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