News | February 28, 2008

Integra LifeSciences Introduces Skull Pins for Intra-Operative Brain Surgery

February 29, 2008 – Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. this week introduced the next generation of MAYFIELD titanium skull pins designed for use with the MAYFIELD cranial stabilization system to maintain the stability of a patient’s head during brain surgery.

The skull pins have FDA clearance and CE Mark Certification in the Europe.

Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing trend toward performing diagnostic imaging of the brain in the operating room before, during, and after the surgical procedure. New advanced intra-operative imaging technologies, such as MRI, enable neurosurgeons to have up-to-date information that confirms, for example, the complete removal of a tumor before the patient leaves the operating room.

During MRI scanning, the presence of certain metals can cause image artifacts that may hinder the neurosurgeon’s ability to interpret the images. The new MAYFIELD skull pins allow neurosurgeons to perform MRI scans during brain surgery without compromising image quality. The new skull pins may be used with any MAYFIELD cranial fixation system that is compatible with these imaging modalities, and the skull pins are being offered for both adult and pediatric patients, the company says.

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