Technology

Technology at IU Health Neuroscience

At the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, diagnostic services, outpatient care and research are combined in the same complex, providing people convenient access to the latest advancements. We are often the first in Indiana—and in some cases, the nation—to obtain breakthrough neurosurgical technologies. These innovations, combined with the recent expansion of the neurological suites at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, mean you have access to some the most advanced equipment and surgical tools available. The technologies 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
  • 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 
  • The nation’s only 24/7, real-time continuous neuromonitoring facility for faster diagnosis and more responsive treatment 
  • 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

Innovative technology at work 

 

Travis' Video

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 Indiana University 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.