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Study Data from M.E. Oppenlander and Co-Authors Update Knowledge of Neurosurgery (Robotic Autopositioning of the Operating Microscope)

August 18, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- Research findings on Surgery are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Oberkochen, Germany, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Use of the operating microscope has become pervasive since its introduction to the neurosurgical world. Neuronavigation fused with the operating microscope has allowed accurate correlation of the focal point of the microscope and its location on the downloaded imaging study."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "However, the robotic ability of the Pentero microscope has not been utilized to orient the angle of the microscope or to change its focal length to hone in on a predefined target. To report a novel technology that allows automatic positioning of the operating microscope onto a set target and utilization of a planned trajectory, either determined with the StealthStation S7 by using preoperative imaging or intra-operatively with the microscope. By utilizing the current motorized capabilities of the Zeiss OPMI Pentero microscope, a robotic autopositioning feature was developed in collaboration with Surgical Technologies, Medtronic, Inc. (StealthStation S7). The system is currently being tested at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Three options were developed for automatically positioning the microscope: AutoLock Current Point, Align Parallel to Plan, and Point to Plan Target. These options allow the microscope to pivot around the lesion, hover in a set plane parallel to the determined trajectory, or rotate and point to a set target point, respectively. Integration of automatic microscope positioning into the operative workflow has potential to increase operative efficacy and safety."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This technology is best suited for precise trajectories and entry points into deep-seated lesions."

For more information on this research see: Robotic Autopositioning of the Operating Microscope. Neurosurgery, 2014;10():214-219. Neurosurgery can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins -; Neurosurgery -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.E. Oppenlander, Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, Oberkochen, Germany. Additional authors for this research include S.A. Chowdhry, B. Merkl, G.M. Hattendorf, P. Nakaji and R.F. Spetzler (see also Surgery).

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Germany, Surgery, Oberkochen, Technology

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Source: Pain & Central Nervous System Week

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