November 14, 2006 14:23 ET

ORLive Presents: Brain Tumor Resection Utilizing the BrainSUITE Technology Designed to Confirm Complete Tumor Resection and Minimize Damage

Live Webcast: From Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas: November 30, 2006 at 3:00 PM CST (21:00 UTC)

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- On November 30, 2006 neurosurgeons on the medical staff of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas will perform in a live webcast, a brain tumor resection case within the hospital's new intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) neurosurgical suite. J. Michael Desaloms, M.D. and Richard L. Weiner, M.D. will perform the surgery on

The state-of-the-art operating room, dedicated to precision and real-time imaging during brain surgery, is among the first of its kind in the world. On August 31, 2006, Dr. Desaloms performed the first U.S. surgical case using BrainSUITE technology in this new operating room.

This breakthrough use of advanced computerized equipment provides neurosurgeons access to all-important clinical data about a patient's brain condition during surgery. The increased level of information -- converging in real time -- can assist in improving the precision and accuracy of procedures, which may reduce the need for repeat surgeries.

PHD's new specialized surgical suite features BrainSUITE® technology and Siemens' MAGNETOM® 1.5 Tesla high-field MRI system. The operating suite's technology provides neurosurgeons with real-time, decision-making information to treat complicated brain tumor and other neurosurgical conditions.

"PHD chose to install BrainSUITE® because it is committed to offering innovative neurosurgical treatment options to its patients," said Richard L. Weiner, M.D., chairman of neurosurgery at the hospital.

Within the surgery suite, neurosurgeons on the medical staff combine image-guided surgery, iMRI and all relevant data management and visualization technology. The high-field iMRI affords neurosurgeons immediate access to new images of the brain before, during and at the conclusion of the surgical procedure.

The BrainSUITE® navigation system links the real-time, intra-operative images with the spatial position of the surgical instruments helping to provide the neurosurgeon with a higher level of accuracy regarding tumor location and amount of diseased tissue removed. In one study using iMRI, 36 percent of surgical procedures initially considered complete were continued in order to remove residual tumor tissue.

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