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"Mount Sinai Medical Marvel: New Tech Aids Brain Surgery" - Maddie Orton

  • MetroFocus
  • New York, NY
  • (July 31, 2018)

A new technological advancement in brain surgery is now being used at Mount Sinai Hospital. Lisa Galioto of Long Island was experiencing pain in her neck when she got an MRI in March. The test revealed an unrelated and shocking discovery. Galioto had five benign tumors in her brain, one of which was so large it reached the size of an orange. Galioto’s doctor, Joshua Bederson, MD, professor and system chair of the department of neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Health System and clinical director of the Neurosurgery Simulation Core, has high-tech tools to help navigate these tricky surgeries. Dr. Bederson is one of the first brain surgeons in the country to use 3D images of the brain integrated with augmented and virtual reality. “Augmented and virtual reality helps us manage a situation like this in many ways. From the initial patient consultation, all the way through the planning of the case, and generally navigating towards safe quarters of surgery,” said Dr. Bederson. “By preoperatively planning this case, we’re able to visualize ahead of time what the tumor looks like before even getting in to the operating room,” said Holly Oemke, program manager of the department of neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital. The surgery was a success with the help of technology. With each technological advance, the hope is for more outcomes like Lisa Galioto.

- Joshua Bederson, MD, Professor, System Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Health System, Clinical Director, Neurosurgery Simulation Core

- Holly Oemke, Program Manager, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital

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