Mapping the Brain During Surgery: A Breakthrough at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons have started using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to navigate safer pathways to reach and remove tumors.

This device is called BrightMatter Guide.  It works like a GPS to guide surgeons, offering real-time, brightly colored 3-D images, through tiny neural connections while avoiding healthy tissue.  Until this point, MRI scans have been what the neurosurgeons have had to rely on, offering only flat, two-dimension pictures of the brain.

Dr. Keith L. Black, MD, chair of Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery says, “An estimated 62,000 primary brain tumors and 150,000 metastatic brain tumors are diagnosed annually in the U.S.  This new tool offers a us a tremendous amount of hope for better outcomes for many of our patients.”

Click here to view this video in which Dr. Black demonstrates how the BrightMatter Guide works and explains its advantages in surgery.

Cedars-Sinai is the first medical center in California to implement this system.  This system offers a camera that tracks the neurosurgeon’s movements, showing a detailed image on a screen nearby.  This tool can be used for operations on tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions, skull-base issues and the spine.

Approximately 600 brain surgeries are performed per year at Cedars-Sinai.  Moving forward, about 1/3 of those procedures will utilize this new device.

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