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A modified stereotactic frame as an instrument holder for frameless stereotaxis: Technical note.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20975978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: In order to improve the targeting capability and trajectory planning and provide a more secure probe-holding system, a simple method to use a stereotactic frame as an instrument holder for the frameless stereotactic system was devised.
METHODS: A modified stereotactic frame and BrainLab vector vision neuronavigation sys¬tem were used together. The patient was placed in the stereotactic head-holder to which a reference array of the neuronavigation system was attached. The pointer of the frameless system was placed in the probe-holder of the frame. An offset in distances was kept between the radius of the arch of the frame and the tip of the pointer so that the pointer was always outside the head during navigation. The offset correction was made on the BrainLab monitor so that the center of the arc of the frame was at the tip of the probe line on the monitor. Then, using the frame's coordinate adjuster system, the center of the arc was positioned on the target. This method was used to insert depth electrodes (seven procedures) and gain access to the temporal horn (three procedures).
RESULTS: Post-operative scans showed that the accuracy was within 2.5 mm in all three planes for depth electrode placement, and easy access to the temporal horn was obtained in two other patients.
CONCLUSION: This is a simple method to use a stereotactic frame to improve coordinate and trajectory adjustments and provides a better method to stabilize the pointer and the probe-holder during frameless stereotactic procedures.
Authors:
Arun Angelo Patil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical neurology international     Volume:  1     ISSN:  2152-7806     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Neurol Int     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-26     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101535836     Medline TA:  Surg Neurol Int     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Division of Neurosurgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 982035 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-2035, USA.
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