In computer-assisted brain surgery, your Mayo Clinic treatment team uses imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), intraoperative MRI, computerized tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, to create a 3-D model of your brain.

This model allows your brain surgeon (neurosurgeon) to plan the safest way to treat your condition. During your surgery, the computer system precisely guides your surgeon to the area(s) of your brain requiring treatment.

If you have a brain tumor, your surgeon may combine computer-assisted surgery with awake brain surgery. If you have epilepsy, computer-assisted surgery may involve deep brain stimulation.

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons use computer-assisted techniques to treat brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and other lesions with precisely focused beams of radiation using stereotactic radiosurgery.

March 21, 2014