The Swedish Neuroscience Institute is the first hospital on the West Coast to offer patients an advanced brain surgery technology that automatically maps and highlights all the nerve fibers in the brain for surgical planning. This new technology enables surgeons to navigate the brain during surgery through the use of clearer, three-dimensional images.
Neurosurgeons have been taught to take the most proximal trajectory to a tumor. With this new tool, surgeons are now rethinking their approaches to potentially avoid major nerve fibers that control speech, walking, talking, tasting, vision and language. With the 3D image of each patient’s brain, the approach to each surgery is much more personalized.
“This technology is our future,” said Johnny B. Delashaw, MD, medical director of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. “It redefines the quality of operating room imaging for the surgeon to see unlike they have ever seen before.”