Penn Neurosurgery Goes 3D                                                                                      Released: 2...
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  1. 1. Penn Neurosurgery Goes 3D Released: 2/16/2006 2:20 PM ESTNewswise — Neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania arenow using virtual reality, three-dimensional (3D) imaging for surgical planning, evaluation, and education.Prior to walking into the Operating Room, Penn neurosurgeons can now use a Dextroscope® to createinteractive, 3D images of their patients brain to plan the best surgical approach in dealing most effectivelywith a diagnosed condition."This superior technology provides remarkable advances in imaging and surgical planning for brain andskull-base tumors and epilepsy," said Sean Grady, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Penn."It allows us to look at the brain in ways similar to how we would during surgery, and then plan the besttechnique for each patient before we even begin. This is of great benefit to the patient, because it results ina less-invasive surgical process, using smaller incisions."The Dextroscope works by fusing multi-modality images - such as CT and MRI - into 3D volumetric objectsthat, when viewed through special stereoscopic goggles, are transformed into virtual reality, 3D images.The suspended brain images givesurgeons a detailed advancevisualization of the complexanatomical relationships andpathology of the patients brain.Further, the images can be easilymanipulated by the surgeons, in realtime, by using a control mechanismand stylus that work in conjunctionwith the Dextroscope. Such hands-on interaction - including "virtualdrilling" for surgical-path planningand tools to measure lineardistances and curved surfaces in 3Dspace - permits the surgical team toplan and "test" their exact clinicalapproach.The Dextroscope also serves as aneducational tool for neurosurgeonsat any level of expertise, teachingboth basic anatomy and advancedsurgical techniques. With thistechnology, the user can practice aprocedure over and over."The advanced imaging and planning capabilities that this technology offers is enhancing how we performneurosurgery here at Penn," said Grady.Penns Department of Neurosurgery covers the entire spectrum of disorders that impair the central andperipheral nervous system. Performing over 2,000 operations each year, the Department provides superbpatient care by embracing new technologies and integrating research with clinical practice. ©2012 Newswise, Inc.215 5th St. SW, Suite 100, Charlottesville VA 22903 434-296-9417
  2. 2. PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education,biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University ofPennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nations first medical school) and the University ofPennsylvania Health System.Penns School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in thenation in U.S. News & World Reports most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools.Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for itssuperior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academicmedicine.Penn Health System comprises: its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,consistently rated one of the nations "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; PennsylvaniaHospital, the nations first hospital; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice. ©2012 Newswise, Inc.215 5th St. SW, Suite 100, Charlottesville VA 22903 434-296-9417