Doing almost anything with your eyes closed is usually pretty hard. Now consider that until recently neurosurgeons performed operations without being able to see their patients’ brains. Most still do, but now a Memphis (Tenn.)-based company called MRI Interventions (MRIC) is working to end the “poke and hope” practice. Its technology, ClearPoint, provides real-time brain imaging and step-by-step guidance and is already in use in 21 U.S. hospitals, including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Typically, brain surgery goes something like this: Neurosurgeons obtain images of a patient’s brain, locate the problem area, and plan how best to access it. Then they cut away a portion of the skull and go to work. “The worst thing is the patients often have to be awake during these brain surgeries so they can provide feedback,” says Kim Jenkins, chief executive officer of MRI Interventions. “It’s not painful, but it’s still……read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-28/a-new-tool-lets-brain-surgeons-see-what-theyre-doing#r=hp-ls