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.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic brain surgeons (neurosurgeons) have performed computer-assisted brain surgery on thousands of people. Mayo Clinic doctors perform more than 650 computer-assisted brain surgeries each year.
  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons and computer experts introduced computer-assisted brain surgery more than 20 years ago. The technique advanced the treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy and other conditions.
  • Team approach. Brain surgeons work as an integrated team with doctors trained in brain conditions (neurologists), imaging (radiologists), anesthesia (anesthesiologists), speech and language (speech-language pathologists), and other areas to provide your care.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Doctors trained in brain surgery (neurosurgeons) evaluate and treat people who may need computer-assisted brain surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

At Mayo Clinic in Florida, doctors trained in brain surgery (neurosurgeons) evaluate and treat people who may need computer-assisted brain surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in brain surgery (neurosurgeons) evaluate and treat people who may need computer-assisted brain surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in brain surgery (neurosurgeons) evaluate and treat children who may be candidates for computer-assisted brain surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Doctors trained in brain surgery (neurosurgeons) at Mayo Clinic take part in research to develop and refine brain surgery methods and techniques.

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on computer-assisted brain surgery on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

  1. Michael J. Link, M.D.
  2. Fredric B. Meyer, M.D.
  3. Ian F. Parney, M.D., Ph.D.
  4. Bruce E. Pollock, M.D.
  5. Nicholas M. Wetjen, M.D.
Mar. 21, 2014