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Atlantic Health System’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center implements novel robotic neurosurgery visualization system

Zeiss Kinevo® 900 microscope integrates with other technologies to provide neurosurgeons superior views of brain tumors; Dr. Moshel performs novel fluorescent brain tumor surgery with new system

SUMMIT, NJ (Union County) – The renowned neurosurgical experts at Atlantic Health System’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center are now using the Zeiss Kinevo® 900 Robotic Visualization System, which combined with the Glasser Center’s physicians’ medical expertise, makes it the region’s leader in brain tumor surgery and medical treatment.

Zeiss Kinevo 900 is the most advanced system of its kind, incorporating fluorescent imaging of a tumor with Stealth Navigation 3D images and giving neurosurgeons all of the information they need, with a “heads-up display” during surgery.

The Zeiss Kinevo 900 system is the latest addition to the Glasser Center’s game-changing technologies, which include 3D glasses, high-definition monitors and a robotic exoscope—a high-definition video surgical telescope—all of which provide the neurosurgical team with GPS-like pinpoint accuracy in viewing brain tumors and the brain’s microscopic anatomy.

“Before this technology, neurosurgeons would essentially look at a screen on their left displaying an MRI image, then turn back to the operating table to apply what they saw on the screen to the patient in front of them,” said neurosurgeon Yaron A. Moshel, MD, PhD, co-director of the Glasser Brain Tumor Center. “This combination of technologies now allows us to see everything right in front of us and safely remove complex tumors in some of the most difficult-to-reach locations.”

In addition to Dr. Moshel, Ronald P. Benitez, MD, director of endovascular neurosurgery at Overlook Medical Center and Fabio Frisoli, MD, are also using the new Zeiss Kinevo system.

“At the Glasser Brain Tumor Center, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide our patients with the most innovative and effective treatments available, including the latest, most transformative technologies,” said Dr. Moshel. “We are able to handle even the most deeply situated brain tumors with such technologies as computer-guided navigation and awake intra-operative brain mapping. The Kinevo system represents another step forward. Our neurosurgery team is excited about the superior visualization and ease-of-use this new technology provides.”

With traditional surgical microscopes, surgeons are limited to a straight line of sight.  Kinevo’s unique tools, especially the integrated endoscope, enable neurosurgeons to discover unexplored areas to ensure that they view the entire tumor and areas of the brain that control key functions. These tools allow neurosurgeons to literally see around corners and make the best clinical decisions.

The Kinevo system provides a three-in-one solution that sets a new benchmark in assisting surgeons with additional insights for better clinical decisions, while reducing complexity and manual positioning of the surgical microscope. The system combines digital hybrid visualization—the ability to combine new digital microscopy with traditional optical modes—with QEVO, a unique endoscopic micro-inspection tool, and surgeon-controlled robotics.

This new visualization tool merges three functions of a surgical microscope that were previously separate, as well as an ocular-free digital 4K 3D exoscope and in-situ (in the normal place) images. These combined features enable the Glasser Brain Tumor Center neurosurgical team to identify the borders of the tumor with greater ease, even in many difficult to reach regions of the brain and base of the skull.

Using surgeon-controlled robotics, the Zeiss Kinevo 900 assists neurosurgeons through a technology called PointLock, that allows them to visualize the brain from various angles and target the tumor more easily. They can also identify regions of concern, “bookmark” them, and return to the stored location at the same magnification, working distance and focus—without losing time for manual repositioning of the microscope.

To learn more about the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center, click here or call 973-993-7322.

Jay Edwards

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