IBS Hospital today launched the country’s first brain mapping device-connectomics/Quicktome-in a first-of-its-kind technology that combines decades of research with cutting-edge technology.
With the advent of such personalised brain mapping, treatment for brain tumours and other brain surgeries has become much safer, and due to its accuracy, damage to important brain areas can be avoided.
This is one such breakthrough in preoperative imaging in the field of medical science that can offer cutting-edge algorithms and cloud computing. This new technology has the potential to transform precision neurosurgery into a practical one.
While some of the brain networks alone explain their namesake functions entirely, most complex functions are the result of inter-network interactions. Deeper analysis delineates specific subnetworks responsible for specific tasks, often comprising subcomponents of multiple main networks. Brain networks are responsible for everything from language to movement to thought, and the maps inform surgical decision-making with the goal of protecting and preserving brain function.
This pathbreaking technology is paving the way to not only potentially treating a plethora of ailments pertaining to the brain’s functioning, pre and post-operatively, but also regaining it to its normal functioning. Dr. Sachin Kandhari, Managing Director of IBS Hospitals, said.
Quicktome uses sophisticated algorithms to analyse millions of data points and build a brain map—personalized for each patient—from a standard, non-invasive MRI scan. The maps, which doctors can view on their computers, offer a level of anatomical detail typically not available in a clinical setting, allowing surgeons to incorporate advanced brain network data into neurosurgical planning.
Such data and the ability, with modern technology, to digitally model a patient’s brain network are already paving the way for incredible advances in neurological and neuropsychiatric care and leading a charge for personalised brain treatment. Additionally, the brain network maps offer extensive opportunities for advancement in neurosurgery.
Neurosurgeons can now operate on a patient with greater certainty about the areas of the brain used for dominant network function. Steps can then be taken to preserve these important functional areas and their connections. ” He added
For instance, a mental illness need not necessarily be a nebulous ailment which ought to be diagnosed through patient history and interview, but these brain network biomarkers can accurately highlight the regions of anomaly and instantly provide quantitative data to assist in decision-making for further courses of treatment.
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