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Help us and win The Neurosurgeon´s Handbook

Since 2009 we have presented a new neurosurgical poll on NEUROSURGIC every month. Now we need your help to create more interesting questions: What would you like to ask your colleagues?


Help us by submitting your poll questions. For inspiration, you can find our old questions here.

If you submit a poll question you will have the chance to win The Neurosurgeon's Handbook by George Samandouras.

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VideoNEUROSURGIC launches Neurosurgical Videogallery

Enjoy and learn from the growing number of anatomical and surgical videos, from fellow members or other sources. For example, Dr Theo Birbilis, Greece, has created this channel.

You can subscribe to any videochannel or simply start your own channel and share your own favourite neurosurgical video clips from Youtube or other sources.

If you need help uploading your own video clips we will be happy to help you.

OmniGuide releases next generation CO2 laser system

OmniGuide, Cambridge, MA, US is releasing the new FELS-25A Intelliguide surgical laser for minimally invasive surgery.

According to the Press Release: The Intelliguide is an automated, high precision CO2 laser for use with OmniGuide’s breakthrough BeamPath® fibers, creating a solution that significantly improves precision, access and control in surgical cutting.

OmniGuide leverages the benefits of CO2 laser, known to be one of the safest, most effective and most precise surgical cutting modalities available to improve minimally invasive surgical outcomes.


Read more on Medgadget.

Read more in Press Release.


Medtronic launches POWEREASE Instruments for Reconstructive Spine Surgery

In a News Release Medtronic announces the launch of the POWEREASE System, a system of electronic instruments designed specifically for the use in instrumented, or reconstructive, spine surgery.

The POWEREASE System is used for drilling, tapping and driving specialized implants during spinal surgery, including open and minimally invasive procedures.

According to the News Release, biomechanical testing versus manual instruments demonstrated that the POWEREASE™ System required 51% less time for tapping the pedicle and 55% less time for placing pedicle screws. This testing also showed greater control with 38% less wobble of the instrument compared to manual instruments. However, biomechanics testing is not necessarily indicative of human clinical outcome.

Read more on Medgadget.

Read more in News Release.


MRI Atlas of Human White Matter for iPads

Elsevier has released its NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter, an interactive app for the Apple iPad.


The app includes:

  • Two types of stereotaxic coordinates (Talairach and MNI coordinates) are provided to define brain locations.
  • Includes both MRI and DTI images and allows the user to switch between MRI and DTI view for any location in the brain
  • Fifty three white matter structures, 38 cortical areas, and 22 deep gray matter structures are defined and labeled. In addition, locations of 11 white matter tracts and 36 cytoarchitectonic areas are defined. These structures can be interactively superimposed on the MRI/DTI images.
  • The trajectories of the tracts can be followed sequentially through the brain.


Read more in Medgadget.

Find the app on iTunes.



Video clip with evacuation of epidural hematoma

Dr. Gerardo Taylor, Guatemala, has uploaded a very illustrative video showing the evacuation of an epidural hematoma. The video shows the preop CAT-scans, Skin opening, Burring, Classic opening with Gigli-saw, Evacuation of hematoma, Dural tenting sutures, Fixation of the bone flap, Placement of drainage, Closure of the skin flap.

Click here to see the video.

Our video section is very popular and we welcome more of your videos. Not only advanced surgery but also basic procedures like insertion of ventricular drainage, extirpation of glioma, evacuation of subdural hematoma etc. Please contact us if you want more information.



Video clip with removal of spinal meningeoma

Dr P.G. Papanikolaou, General Hospital of Nikea - Piraeus, Athens, Greece has provided a link to a video clip showing the microsurgical removal of a thoracic spinal meningeoma.

More info can be found here.


Aquamantys SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer receives FDA clearance


Medtronic has announced that their Aquamantys SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer for spine surgery has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device is developed for sealing soft tissue and epidural veins during spinal surgery. The device delivers RF energy for cauterization and saline to keep the area clean and clear for easy access around sensitive tissue.


“The SBS 5.0 is a great combination tool that will allow surgeons to treat cut muscle planes as well as compress and treat epidural veins with a single device,” said Dr. Paul Santiago, a surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine. “This will be particularly useful in cases like 1-2 level TLIFs/PLIFs in which you want the ability to address both of these needs but the economics can make using multiple devices difficult.”


Read more on Medgadget.

Read more in News Release.


Novel use of Foley catheter in neurosurgery

Professor Chand, India, describes in a Blog Entry a novel use of the Foley catheter - as a tool for achieving retraction of the brain in, e.g., aneurysm surgery and CP angle tumors. By gradually expanding the balloon, space is made for the brain retractor.

What do you think about this novel method? Read the Blog Entry here.




InfrascannerHand-held device looking for intracranial hematomas receives FDA approval

In a News Release FDA announce that they permits marketing of the first hand-held device to aid in the detection of bleeding in the skull.

The Infrascanner, Model 1000, uses a scanner that directs near-infrared light, a wavelength of light that can penetrate tissue and bone, into the skull. Blood from intracranial hematomas absorbs the light differently than other areas of the brain. The scanner detects differences in light absorption (optical density) and transmits the information wirelessly to a display on a hand-held computer.By comparing the optical density from a series of scans of specific areas on both sides of the skull, a trained health care provider can use the information provided by the device, in conjunction with other clinical information, to determine the likelihood of an intracranial hematoma and the need for further diagnostic procedures, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan.

The FDA granted the de novo petition for the Infrascanner Model 1000 based on a review of data comparing results from 383 CT scans of adult subjects with Infrascanner scan results. The Infrascanner was able to detect nearly 75 percent of the hematomas detected by CT scan. When CT scans detected no hematoma, the Infrascanner detected no hematoma 82 percent of the time. A number of papers have shown even higher sensitivity and specificity (Robertson et al., 2010; Leon-Carrion, 2010). The device, which already has a CE Mark, is, however, not a substitute for a CT scan.

Read more on MedGadget.
Read more in FDA News Release.

Winner of Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery

Congratulations go to Dr. Obi Emereole, of Baragwanath, South Africa! Dr. Emereole won the neurosurgical atlas, “Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery: Expert Consult” by Jandial et al.

Keep visiting NEUROSURGIC.com, and our Facebook page, we’ll have similar opportunities for you in the future.

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