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Abstract #1841

Integrating Clinical Neurosurgery Workstations Into a Real-Time System for Conducting MR-Guided Procedures

Ethan K. Brodsky1, 2, Karl A. Sillay3, Walter F. Block, 24

1Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, United States; 2Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States; 3Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States; 4Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States

We have previously developed and presented a system for conducting MR-guided and monitored intracerebral infusions. The system has proven successful, but has been received critically by practicing clinical neurological surgeons, who deem it to be more cumbersome than the stereotactic surgical planning workstations they are accustomed to. While flexible tools amenable to performing a variety of surgical procedures are very useful in the initial stage of experimenting with real-time MR-guided interventions, simple and polished systems are much suitable when translating these techniques to clinical use. We describe here new work to integrate our real-time targeting tools to work with the Medtronic StealthStation surgical planning workstation.