Iranian neurosurgeons can now use an indigenous neuronavigation system to perform their operations.
“The apparatus which plays a key role in removing brain tumours using new methods … has recently been installed at the neurosurgery room of the Qaem hospital in [the northeastern city of] Mashhad,” said Hamid Etamad Rezaei, the director of the neurosurgery team at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.
According to a Farsi report by IRNA, he said the device made by Iranian experts around six years ago measures up to international standards.
Rezaei, a sub-specialist in neurosurgery, added the neuronavigation system is used to track the locations in question without surgeons having to break the skull open. The procedure will make it possible to remove brain and pituitary tumours, treat brain conditions and conduct sampling of tissues from deep parts of the brain, he added.
The neurosurgeon said the apparatus can also be used in operations on the spine.
Measures are underway to buy and install two other state-of-the-art apparatuses used in neurosurgery, including a modern microscope and a device used to control nerves in different parts of the patient’s body during the operation, he further said.