BrainSUITE technology helps to optimize brain surgery by combining image-guided surgery, high-field magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) within the operating room and data management and visualization technology. This specialized operating environment fully integrates all available and relevant surgical and diagnostic tools.
This state-of-the-art technology, located on the Dallas campus of Presbyterian Hospital, provides DNS neurosurgeons with real-time, decision-making information to treat complicated brain tumors and other neurosurgical cases.
The BrainSUITE has been used for a variety of conditions including:
- Glioma and other complicated primary tumor resection
- Metastases to the brain
- Pituitary tumor surgery
- Epilepsy surgery
- Vascular surgery, including vascular malformations in the brain
The high-field iMRI provides neurosurgeons immediate access to new images of the brain before, during and at the conclusion of the surgical procedure. Traditionally these images have only been available either prior to the surgery or after the surgery has been completed. Access to real-time images assists surgeons with removing as much tumor as possible by allowing them the ability to more fully differentiate diseased tissue from healthy tissue. These real-time images can also help protect critical areas of the brain.
Another key element of the technology is the SUITE’s neuro-navigation system, that links the real-time MRI images with the actual position of the surgical instruments. The navigation system serves as a global positioning system (GPS) for the brain, providing instant updates on where the instruments are in relation to the tumor.