News | August 26, 2009

Mass General Installs Intraoperative MR, CT Suite

BrainSUITE iMR

August 26, 2009 - Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) will install Brainlab's BrainSUITE iMRI and iCT, making it second in the nation and third in the world to offer both solutions.

BrainSUITE iMRI and iCT integrates intraoperative imaging – from high-field MRI to multi-slice CT – with surgical navigation, planning and digital data management in the OR. The fully integrated neurosurgical suites will be an integral part of Mass General's new "Building for the 3rd Century."

BrainSUITE iMRI masters the technological challenges of placing an MR scanner in the OR by digitally integrating all components. MR integration allows advanced intra-operative imaging sequences, such as DTI and fMRI. This supports surgeons during a procedure in identifying critical functional areas and pathways within the brain and ensure that the tumor is more completely removed.

BrainSUITE iCT integrates a multi-slice intraoperative CT scanner into the surgical workflow to provide surgeons with precise and up-to-date anatomical information during surgery. In cases where post-operative imaging would be relied upon, intra-operative information allows surgeons to ensure that the objective of the procedure has been achieved. The integrated navigation system links real-time, intra-operative images with the spatial position of the surgical instruments. This is a key technology to allow for a higher level of accuracy, making surgery more precise and safer for the patient.

BrainSUITE is powered by the digital data management system BrainSUITE NET, which provides surgeons and OR staff intraoperative access to patient data from the hospital's Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and controls the flow of all digital data within the OR Suite.

For more information: www.brainlab.com

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