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Last Updated: 12/22/16

Image-Guided Surgery

Image Guided Surgery is most commonly used by Brain surgeons. When you hear about a brain surgery patient having a big metal or plastic frame around their head, this part of the localization system.

Various techniques for this have been around since the 1990s. These systems fuse imaging data from a pre-surgical CT or MRI to location information which can be used by the surgeon during the neuro-surgical procedure. This can make the procedure both faster and safer.

There are multiple techniques for using imaging to guide surgery in the body, for example in the liver. This is an area where technique changes occur often.