The first Renishaw Neuromate stereotactic robot in Canada has been installed in the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London. The first Neuromate-assisted neurosurgical procedure performed in Canada was a stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals within the brain.
The team at LHSC is led by neurosurgeon and co-director of the Epilepsy Program, David Steven, who is also an associate professor of Neurosurgery, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, London, Canada.
“The robot totally changes how we approach insertion of SEEG electrodes,” says Steven. “It is already noticeably faster and more accurate than the previous system. In addition, it allows us to plan trajectories previously impossible with a standard frame, making surgery safer and more accurate.”
The Neuromate stereotactic robot is designed to provide a consistent, accurate and repeatable platform for therapy delivery and diagnostic procedures such as SEEG, which depends on meticulous planning to accurately target structures concealed deep within the brain tissue. Whilst the neurosurgeon is still responsible for all direct contact with the patient, the Neuromate robot aims to enhance the safety and cost-effectiveness of procedures by supporting and guiding the surgical tools into position, according to the neurosurgeon’s pre-planned trajectory. Neuromate has been used in over 10,000 procedures for over 20 years.
“We are very excited at the opportunity of working together with the distinguished team at London Health Sciences Centre. Their advanced research and clinical practice will help us to continue pushing the Neuromate to higher levels. Our team will support Steven to continue providing best care for his patients.” says Abed Hammoud, chief executive officer of Renishaw Mayfield, Switzerland.