Surgical Technology

IntraOpMRITelemedicine Network: Partnering with InTouch Health®'s state-of-the-art technology

The OHSU Telemedicine Network has recently launched and is working towards bringing access to stroke neurologists, 24/7, to patients in community hospitals throughout the state of Oregon. Through this network, physicians at participating hospitals will be able to consult with stroke specialists to help diagnose and collaborate in development of treatment plans for their patients.

Digital patient data

Electronic medical records

OHSU uses the EpicCare electronic medical record (EMR) system, and is effectively paperless.
The EpicCare system provides ease and completeness of both the documentation process, and billing for services.

Advanced Medical imaging

Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are computers or networks dedicated to the storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images. This technology allows physicians to view realtime, picture-quality images, such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography (PET) as efficiently as is possible.

Intraoperative Computed Tomography

This new technique uses advanced medical imaging to improve the accuracy and safety of placement of electrodes in the brain (e.g. deep brain stimulation). Patients do not need to be awake during this surgery. An MRI of the patient’s brain is obtained before surgery and duringsurgery a CT scan provides improved clarity for surgeons to place electrodes.

Stereotactic Computer Assisted Neurosurgery

Stereotactic, is a term used to describe a procedure performed in precise and defined three-dimensional (3D) space using a computer system. The ability to perform computer assisted neurosurgery allows for maximal precision in planning and performance of minimally invasive surgical interventions for movement disorders, epilepsy, brain tumors and other intracranial disorders. The Department of Neurological Surgery has pioneered the use of stereotactic neurosurgery and computer technology, and is in international training site for neurosurgeons interested in this new technology.