New microscopic technology could revolutionize UMHS surgeries

The University of Michigan Health System has recently acquired Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter technology, a device that fuses high-definition intraoperative visualization and surgical guidance to transform the way surgeons operate.

Currently, when surgeons want to view something in high detail they use a microscopic eyepiece. The field of view provided by this microscope is incredibly small and requires the surgeon to frequently move around while working. The surgeon is able to project two-dimensional images onto a screen for others in the operating room to see, but the surgeon her or himself cannot see that image. UMHS neurosurgeon Oren Sagher said the new device aims to change that.

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