Henry Ford First to Bring New Brain Surgery Technology to Michigan

DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital will be the first to bring fantastically advanced brain surgery technology to Michigan – and one of the first in the United States, the hospital system announced today.

The BrightMatter technology – highly detailed imaging and robotic positioning system with sensor-driven tools used in the operating room – should arrive in Detroit in early January, says Steven Kalkanis, M.D., chairman of neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital and co-director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center.

Henry Ford Hospital System today was the first in Michigan to sign a purchase agreement with the technology’s developer, Synaptive.

“This is the future of not only neurosurgery, but what technology can do for medicine,” Kalkanis said. “Three, four, five years ago, this would have been considered space-aged, science-fiction technology. You can see an actual red blood cell travelling through an artery in the brain. The level of detail allows us to think of surgery and visualize the brain in an entirely new way. That’s a huge benefit for patients.”

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