IU Health Methodist Neurosurgical Suites

People who need neurosurgery can rest assured there is no more sophisticated place for their surgery than Indiana University Health Neuroscience. A recent $27 million renovation at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital expanded six neurosurgical suites and added two state-of-the-art suites. The modernized suites feature the most advanced imaging technologies, and surgical navigation systems and tools for minimally invasive and difficult-to-perform surgeries. All adult neurosurgeries are now performed in these new operating rooms.

With the expansion, IU Health Methodist Hospital became the first hospital in Indiana to obtain several new neurosurgical technologies, including the state's first intraoperative MRI scanner (IMRIS). The IMRIS provides real-time MRI images during surgery, helping surgeons perform brain-related procedures with greater precision. Innovations like this can lead to improved patient safety and better outcomes.

Each of the neurosurgical suites provides access to:

  • Medtronic StealthStation i7 Integrated Navigation System, which integrates intraoperative imaging and surgical-planning software, and displays the information on ceiling-mounted, high-definition monitors. This system allows surgeons to quickly make decisions for safer, more successful outcomes. IU Health Methodist Hospital is the first hospital in the state to acquire this technology.
  • Zeiss OPMI Pentero, a sophisticated microscope for neurosurgery that, among other things, uses intraoperative fluorescence technology to give doctors clearer images of blood vessels.
  • The NICO Myriad device, which is a highly precise tool used to remove hard-to-reach brain and spinal tumors. The automated device—which features a long, flexible tip—provides many benefits. Because it is so small, neurosurgeons can perform procedures through smaller incisions. It is also much faster than previous tools, which can help shorten surgery times. And because it is non-heat generating, there is less risk to surrounding tissue. IU Health Methodist Hospital is the first adult hospital in the Midwest and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is the first pediatric hospital in the world to obtain the technology.
  • Live video streaming and webcasting technology, which allows neurosurgeons to broadcast surgical footage anywhere in the world. Surgeons at remote locations can view a procedure in real-time and offer instant consultations to benefit patients. IU Health Neuroscience is the first program in the Midwest and the second in the United States to offer this technology.