Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, has acquired state-of-the-art brain surgery equipment that will make possible operations that previously were too risky to perform. The hospital is the first in Michigan and one of the first in the nation to deploy the BrightMatter technology.
The new machine consists of detailed imaging and a robotic positioning system that can assist neurosurgeons in carrying out sensitive procedures with greater precision and smaller incisions. Among its many other benefits, the technology will shorten patient recovery times.
“It really is the intersection of science fiction and neurosurgery – images so detailed, you can follow the path of a single red blood cell through an artery,” said Steven Kalkanis, MD, chair of neurosurgery at the hospital and codirector of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center. “It’s wonderful news for our patients.”
The center conducts close to 750 brain tumor surgeries a year, and the new technology could make it possible to operate in an additional 100 or more cases.