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The Problem

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Today’s neurosurgeons are visually limited in the diagnosis of brain diseases and planning of brain surgeries.

The root of the problem lies in the fact that current visualization tools:

  1. Are limited to two dimensions, prohibiting surgeons from getting a comprehensive view of the brain.

  2. Examine only one imaging modality (CT, MRI, PET etc.) at a time, so specialists constantly have to look back and forth between different sets of images.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), an estimated 592,443 brain surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Ultimately, a majority of these surgical procedures cannot be carried out with the highest level of accuracy. Because of these limitations, doctors cannot provide the best quality of patient care.

The image above is a standardized map that surgeons currently use to pinpoint the origin of epilepsy. Current methods are limited to two dimensional visualization and are not patient specific.