Computer-Assisted Brain Surgery

1 What is a Computer-Assisted Brain Surgery?

In computer-assisted brain surgery, your treatment team uses imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), intraoperative MRI, computerized tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, to create a 3-D model of your brain.

This model allows your brain surgeon (neurosurgeon) to plan the safest way to treat your condition.

During your surgery, the computer system precisely guides your surgeon to the area(s) of your brain requiring treatment.

If you have a brain tumor, your surgeon may combine computer-assisted surgery with awake brain surgery. If you have epilepsy, computer-assisted surgery may involve deep brain stimulation.

Neurosurgeons use computer-assisted techniques to treat brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and other lesions with precisely focused beams of radiation using stereotactic radiosurgery.

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2 Reasons for Procedure

Here are the most common reasons to receive a computer-assisted brain surgery.

Computer-assisted surgery is still in its infancy. However, it has already made a great difference in high-precision demanding surgical domains, but it is also used in standard procedures.

3 Potential Risks

There are several risks to consider before choosing computer assisted surgery:

  • With a very high cost, this procedure is too expensive for most people to afford.
  • And like any surgical procedure is accompanied by infection, bleeding and adverse reaction to anesthesia.