In 2008, Sacred Heart Hospital opened its first smart operating room, the Smart O.R.® for brain surgery. The Smart O.R. contains a revolutionary moveable iMRI which works in conjunction with some of the world’s most complex BrainLAB® navigational mapping technologies to assist our neurosurgeons every step of the way from planning and executing to concluding a surgical procedure.
- Before surgery, the tools available in the Smart O.R. provide a virtual map of the surgical approach, allowing the surgeon to plan the safest and most direct path to a tumor anywhere within the brain.
- During surgery, the surgeon is guided directly to the site of the tumor, minimizing any disturbance to normal brain tissue.
- Before concluding the surgical procedure the iMRI provides evidence that all tumor tissue has been removed, minimizing the risk of incomplete tumor removal and the potential need for additional surgical procedures.
By minimizing the risk to normal brain tissue and maximizing the ability to completely remove all tumor cells, this technology improves surgical outcomes and recovery.