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Neuro Hybrid Operating Room

Crozer-Chester Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art neurosurgery hybrid operating suite centered around a biplane imaging system. This biplane gives our group of specially trained, comprehensive vascular neurosurgeons the ability to treat patients on an immediate 24/7 basis for all types of strokes, aneurysms and other serious neurosurgical conditions on a minimally-invasive basis. This is the newest in a series of advancements in neurosciences at Crozer Health that provide the highest level of stroke and neurosurgery care in Delaware County—without needing to go downtown.

Crozer Health recently partnered with Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI) to create a regionally preeminent center of distinction in neurologic diagnosis and treatment, called Global Neurosciences Institute at Crozer. This center includes comprehensively trained vascular neurosurgeons, neurologists specialized in various conditions, the biplane in a hybrid OR, a dedicated Neurologic ICU and the region’s only neurologic emergency department.

With a multidisciplinary collaborative approach, GNI at Crozer is focused on delivering clinically advanced brain and spine care services. This patient-focused institute uses the latest research and state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological conditions including stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor, concussion, spine treatments, epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive disorders, pain management, and behavioral health conditions.

The installation of Crozer Health ’s neurosurgery OR suite is the newest example of how GNI at Crozer is making its commitment tangible. The system enables surgeons to treat high-risk patients requiring immediate surgical interventions by enabling them to see blood vessels and perform procedures on the brain in a minimally invasive, endovascular manner. Conditions treated include strokes, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and brain tumors.

A biplane creates a three-dimensional image of the brain within seconds following injection of contrast fluid. The full three-dimensional image dramatically improves the likelihood of an accurate diagnosis and also saves time. With this advanced visualization, a surgeon can navigate a catheter, which enters the body through a small incision in the upper thigh, through the blood vessel system, to provide advanced treatments directly in the brain. This minimally invasive procedure leads to much shorter patient recovery times.