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ColorMRI.jpgColor MRI for Identification of Intracranial Hemorrhages and Masses

Revolutions Medical, South Carolina, USA has developed an image processing technology that brings color to MRI images. The Color MRI uses proprietary algorithms to segment and colorize regions of the scan in order to make the images more readable.

Examples of possible clinical applications using the Color MRI Automatic Segmentation.are the differentiation and characterization of Intracranial Hemorrhages and intracranial masses.

 

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Effects of fatigue on neurosurgery resident performance

Dr Aruna Ganju et al presented their study of the effects of fatigue on neurosurgery resident performance during the 78th AANS meeting in May, 2010. The aims were to quantify the effect of fatigue on the psychomotor and cognitive skills of neurosurgery residents.

According to the study the post-call fatigue was associated with marginal decrease in surgical proficiency in neurosurgery residents. In a comparative study, general surgery residents showed a statistically significant decrement of 27.3 percent in the post-call condition.


Read more on The Medical News.

SurgiVisionSurgiVision ClearPoint Gets FDA Clearance for Neurological Interventions

SurgiVision has received FDA clearance for its system for MR guided neurological interventional procedures. The ClearPoint system allows for precise targeting of lesions within the brain.

The system consists of a disposable, MRI-compatible head-mounted adjustable trajectory frame; a multi-channel imaging head coil with integrated head fixation frame; a workstation and an MRI compatible computer and monitor with navigational software; and lastly, a complete MRI compatible surgical kit. The system can be used in existing MRI suites.

Read more in MedGadget.com.

mildMinimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

Vertos Medical reports about positive results from its prospective 75-patient study of the mild system for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

The mild system (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression) is designed for treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

The minimally invasive system uses a trocar to install a portal under a fluoroscope, which then allows bone and tissue removal tools to be introduced to help decompress the area.

Read more and see video clip about about mild.

ruralpractice.jpgNew interesting journal - JNRP

Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice is the official international journal of the AAEN - Association for Helping Neurosurgical Sick People.

The primary goal of “Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice” is to provide a platform where the difficulties and practical aspects of neuroscience services faced by the consultants and professionals in the field of neurosciences involved in the everyday practice in rural and remote areas while with working with limited resources can be put across the international intellectual community.

 

Read more on JNRP webpage.

kinetra.jpgStudy Shows No Significant Difference in Target Site for Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease

In a study published in New England Journal of Medicine Follett et al have compared the two targets for Deep Brain Stimulation in patient
with Parkinson's disease - globus pallidus interna and subthalamic nucleus. '

The study showed that patients with Parkinson's disease had similar improvement in motor function after either pallidal or subthalamic stimulation.

 

Read abstract here.

SacralSacral Nerve Stimulation to Treat Fecal Incontinence Shows Promise

A study published in Annals of Surgery has shown that Medtronic's InterStim Therapy can be used to treat fecal incontinence. The implantable system delivers electrical stimulation to the nerves which control the bladder, sphincter, and pelvic floor muscles.

According to a News Release from Medtronic 83 percent of patients experienced therapeutic success at 12 months of follow-up, defined as a greater than 50 percent reduction in the number of fecal incontinent episodes per week.  Furthermore, perfect continence (100 percent improvement) was achieved in approximately 40 percent of the patients. 

Read abstract from Annals of Surgery.

Read more on Medgadget.

3DLive 3D-stereo full-HD retransmission of neurosurgical operation

In the framework of the 9th edition of the ImagéSanté festival, an operation of neurosurgery was captured and retransmitted live and in 3D stereo (and in full HD).

This technological feat took place on 18 March 2010 in Liège, Belgium. The surgical operation was carried out at the University Hospital ("Centre Hospitalier Universitaire or C.H.U.") of Liège and was displayed in the movie theater Sauvenière, in downtown Liège, 16 km (10 miles) away from the hospital.

The surgeon was Prof. Didier Martin, also the President of the Belgian Society of Neurosurgery. According to a spectator "this was better than Avatar".

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World NeurosurgeryNew neurosurgical journal

A new neurosurgical journal has been launched – WORLD NEUROSURGERY, official journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

According to the editor Dr. Michael J. Apuzzo, the aim of the new journal is “…to not only convey high level peer reviewed clinical and laboratory neuroscience, but to address issues of political, social, economic, educational and cultural relevance on six continents as they affect the management and treatment of neurosurgical diseases regionally and globally. It will chronicle events, places, people, our times, and literature, internationally."

Read more on World Neurosurgery

 

 

PolestarNew intraoperative MRI launched - PoleStar N30 Surgical MRI System

Medtronic has announced FDA clearance and U.S. launch of a new intraoperative MRI - the PoleStar® N30 Surgical MRI system.

According to the News Release PoleStar® N30 provides real-time imaging in the operating room and provides the surgeons with targeting and navigational accuracy despite the anatomy movement that may occur during a surgical procedure.

With intra-operative imaging information, neurosurgeons gain more confidence to achieve maximum tumor resection, while avoiding critical areas of the brain. 
 

Read more on Medtronic website.  

 

SoletraMedtronic Brain Stimulator Missed Study Goal

According to The Wall Street Journal the FDA said a study looking at Medtronic Inc.'s "deep-brain stimulation" system in epilepsy patients failed to meet a study goal looking at a reduction in the seizure rate over a three-month period.

The missed study goal was influenced by one patient who developed a different type of seizure after the device was turned on, both the FDA and Medtronic said. When the device's power was lowered, the seizures stopped.

A panel of outside medical experts voted 7 to 5, saying the device should be approved with certain conditions, including a post-approval study. The FDA usually follows the advice of its panels but often considers close votes a split decision.

Read more on Medgadget.com

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