Advanced Neurosurgical Navigation

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Eben Alexander, Robert J. Maciunas
Thieme, 1999 - Medical - 605 pages
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"An excellent account of the developments which have occurred in
neuro-navigation, with thought-provoking insights into the wider applications of
equipment..."-Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry


Today
neurological surgery stands at a technological crossroad. Revolutionary advances
in high-speed graphic computers, informatics, biotechnology, and robotics
continue to change the field and open vast new possibilities for improved
patient care.


In this new book, the advances at work in everyday patient care,
as well as revolutionary new systems, now under development are chronicled by
the world-renowned team of neurosurgeons, computer scientists, software
engineers and others who have led the technological transformations. The book
includes full information on transferring medical data into mapping strategies,
viewing the clinical applications of stereotaxis, and observing fascinating new
image-guided neurosurgical procedures in actual clinical practice. Most
importantly, there is a full comparison of the different systems now in use so
that the surgeon can make intelligent decisions about which to purchase.


Special features include:


  • Innovative computer models that show normal
    neuroanatomy and its pathologic alterations in exquisite three-dimensional
    detail
  • The value of fusing state-of-the-art imaging
    modalities to localize targets for stereotactic neurosurgery, including
    functional mapping of speech and motor areas, tumor localization, etc.
  • Advanced intraoperative imaging techniques, including
    modern adaptations of stereotactic frames and real-time imaging (e.g.
    ultrasound, intraoperative MRI and CT)
  • The potential of robotic manipulation in cutting edge
    imaging environments
  • The pros and cons of many of the advanced
    neurosurgical navigation systems now in use and how each fits your needs


The
results of the new technology? Enormous improvements in surgical planning,
execution, safety, and overall patient management -- plus flexibility in
developing successful combination strategies that incorporate surgery with
advanced neurosurgical and radiosurgical techniques.



Complete with 547
illustrations, including 170 in full-color, the book goes further than any
current work in documenting the evolution of modern neurosurgical navigation.
All neurosurgeons, especially those working in modern intracranial, spinal and
peripheral nerve techniques, will find it invaluable, as will neuroradiologists,
radiation oncologists, general surgeons, and biomedical engineers. For the next
generation in image-guided neurosurgery, this state-of-the-art work contains
information not found elsewhere.



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Department of Neurological Surgery, University Hospital of Cleveland/ CWRU, Cleveland, OH, USA

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