Northwell neurosurgeon first on Long Island to use Modus V™ 3D exoscope to remove brain tumor

Northwell neurosurgeon first on Long Island to use Modus V™ 3D exoscope to remove brain tumor
Neurosurgeon Michael Schulder, MD (right) removes a brain tumor using Synaptive's Modus V 3D exoscope at North Shore University Hospital.

A neurosurgeon at North Shore University Hospital has performed first-of-its-kind brain tumor surgery on Long Island using Synaptive’s Modus V™ 3D exoscope.

The innovative technology is a fully automated, robotic digital microscope that combines advanced optics with 3D visualization, video processing and robotic automation allowing for a more precise excision of brain tumors.

Unlike traditional microscopes, Modus V allows all members of the operating room team to see the magnified surgical field which is displayed on a nearby computer screen at the same time the surgeon is viewing it in 3D. Modus V provides twice the depth of field and more than double the amount of magnification as a conventional operating microscope.

The video exoscope provides the clinician with auto-focus and voice-activated control, as well as control of the camera position hands-free so that the surgeon can keep their hands operating at all times with better visualization and navigation.

On Aug. 6, Dr. Michael Schulder, the hospital’s vice chair of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Center, performed complete resection surgery on a 60-year-old man from Hauppauge, using the new video exoscope.

The patient’s glioblastoma brain tumor was located in the right parietal lobe and had grown over several months after prior treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.

“We are constantly looking for innovative and emerging technologies that will allow us to visualize the surgical field with increased magnification and lighting, so we can better remove cancerous cells, leaving healthy tissue unharmed,” said Schulder. “We are excited to have been the first center of Long Island to use the Modus V 3D exoscope. This is the new face of operative neurosurgery, and exoscopic surgery will gradually replace the use of the operating microscope over the next decade.”


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