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Subcortical Surgery Group Formed to Advance New Approaches in Brain Surgery
Date:8/15/2014

Richard Rovin, FACS, MD, Medical Director of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, Marquette General Hospital; and Ronald Young, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Among the new technologies featured at the meeting are the NICO BrainPath® device that creates safe access to hard to reach or once-inoperable brain abnormalities using a path that runs parallel to the brain fiber tracts versus cutting through and damaging fibers, and the BrightMatter™ trajectory planning technology by Synaptive Medical that enables pre-operative planning with 3D rendering and real-time imaging.

"We are striving for eloquence and precision, and these technologies open up a new category of patient care that we would not have been able to provide before," said J.D. Day, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and member of the Subcortical Surgery Group. "It's exciting to be on the forefront, but we can't do it without new and emerging technology."

The group's mission is to optimize minimally invasive surgical corridors to the brain's subcortical or deeper spaces through clinical and scientific collaborative research that will help set the standards for safe and effective treatment of brain tumors and hemorrhagic stroke.

Dr. Bailes describes the role of a neurosurgeon today as similar to a pilot in the cockpit with two screens and all the information at his fingertips.

"With next generation visualization, we know where the brain's critical structure fibers are located as we never knew before. These new technologies are allowing us to improve on the delivery of patient care because we can see more, we have access to areas that have previously been out of bounds, we have tools to remove abnormalities that are pre
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