Neuroarm does first surgery

I was wondering about this neuroarm after I wrote about it a while back. I am glad to see that they are getting some use out of all that technology. I would hate to see it go to waste. Here is some information about what Doctors in Canada are doing with this Robotic arm.

Surgeons at the Foothills Medical Centre in Canada performed the first procedure using the neuroArm microsurgery device, when they removed a tumor from the brain of a 21 year old woman.

We’ve reported about the neuroArm, a robot, developed at the University of Calgary, capable of operating inside an MRI machine’s magnetic field, in the past (see here, here, and here).

From a University of Calgary press release:

Paige Nickason, 21, is recovering after having a tumour removed from her brain with the assistance of neuroArm, a surgical robotic system developed by a team led by Dr. Garnette Sutherland, a Calgary Health Region neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery in the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.”I had to have the tumour removed anyway so I was happy to help by being a part of this historical surgery,” says Nickason, from her hospital room less than 24 hours after the surgery.

neuroArm is the world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot capable of both microsurgery and image guided biopsy. The surgical robotic system is controlled by a surgeon from a computer workstation, working in conjunction with intraoperative MR (magnetic resonance) imaging. Dr. Sutherland developed the intraoperative MRI machine with Winnipeg-based IMRIS Inc. The technology allows a high field MRI scanner to move into the operating room on demand, providing imaging during the surgical procedure without compromising patient safety.

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