Technology

Providing people with superior neurological care requires advanced diagnostic, monitoring and surgical technologies. At IU Health, we are committed to providing leading-edge care to our patients, which is why we have invested in the latest, most advanced technologies. From imaging studies that help detect stroke, tumors and subtle changes in brain activity, to complex surgeries that require pinpoint accuracy, technology plays an essential role in the successful diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions at IU Health Neuroscience.

As a national leader and pioneer in neuroscience care, IU Health Neuroscience provides services and treatments not available elsewhere in the region. In fact, we were the first in Indiana—and in some cases, the nation—to obtain several breakthrough neurosurgical technologies. Through continual investments in technology, IU Health Neuroscience ensures you have access to the most advanced equipment and surgical tools. And these innovations mean you have access to faster, more accurate diagnoses and more treatment options.

Leading-edge technologies and innovations available at IU Health Neuroscience include:

  • Indiana’s only intraoperative MRI scanner (IMRIS) for more precise tumor surgery
  • Intraoperative imaging and surgical-planning software system that allows surgeons to quickly make decisions for safer, more successful outcomes
  • The nation's only 24/7, real-time continuous neuromonitoring facility for faster diagnoses and more responsive treatment
  • Gamma Knife, a stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of spinal tumors with pinpoint accuracy
  • Novalis-Shaped beam surgery for high-intensity, evenly distributed radiation treatment of irregularly shaped tumors
  • The NICO Myriad device, a highly precise tool used to remove hard-to-reach brain and spinal tumors
  • Zeiss OPMI Pentero, a sophisticated microscope for neurosurgery that gives neurosurgeons clearer images of blood vessels
  • Live video streaming and webcasting system that enables neurosurgeons to broadcast surgical footage anywhere in the world

Travis’s story

Travis underwent surgery for a brain tumor when he was just 17 years old. The surgery was deemed successful and Travis went on with his life. But six years later, while studying for a master’s degree in Germany, an MRI showed that his tumor had come back. Travis returned to Indiana to undergo surgery at IU Health. Only this time, his surgeon used an innovative technology—an intraoperative MRI scanner (IMRIS)—to ensure a more complete tumor removal. The IMRIS—which is the first of its kind in Indiana—works like a traditional MRI, but is used during surgery to enable neurosurgeons to see real-time brain images. This real-time data allows doctors to ensure they are safely removing as much of a tumor as possible, in a single procedure. Today, Travis is once again tumor-free and thrilled that he was able to benefit from leading-edge technology at IU Health Neuroscience.