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Reducing The Risks During Brain Surgery (Internet Wire)**VIDEO TO BE AVAILABLE** Each year more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumors. But what they probably don`t know is that to the naked eye, healthy brain tissue and cancerous tissue can look almost identical.- Mar 29 9:00 AM ET

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Reducing The Risks During Brain Surgery

First Real-Time MRI In The O.R. Gives Doctors "Second Set Of Eyes" During The Operation

INTERNET WIRE -- **VIDEO TO BE AVAILABLE** Each year more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumors. But what they probably don't know is that to the naked eye, healthy brain tissue and cancerous tissue can look almost identical. Neurosurgeons rely on MRI scans taken prior to surgery to identify which brain tissue needs to be removed. However studies show that the brain shifts during surgery making it difficult for the doctor to match what they saw on an MRI film with what he sees during the procedure. Fortunately there is now an alternative that will change the way brain surgery is performed in this country.

The F.D.A. has cleared the first compact intraoperative MR Imaging System for use in conventional operating rooms. The Polestar(TM) N-10 made by Odin Medical Technologies allows doctors to see the area of the brain being operated on during the procedure.

This advancement reduces the likelihood that surgeons will be too conservative and stop before removing all of a tumor, or, be too aggressive and remove healthy tissue. Doctors can also verify results of the surgery while the patient is still on the operating table, eliminating the wait for post-operative scans.

Other patient benefits from the Polestar N-10 include:

Quicker Recovery Time Shorter Hospital Stays Fewer Complications Less Potential for Recurrence

For more information on this new MRI technology you can log onto

WHAT WE HAVE: VNR and b-roll package on a breakthrough MRI technology that will make brain surgery safer and more effective.

Soundbites: Gene Barnett, M.D. Professor, Vice Chairman, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation on the impact of the new MRI and how it will change the way neurosurgery is performed in hospitals across the country.

Scott Marshall, Patient who had surgery with the new MRI.

B-roll: Various shots of brain surgery being performed; Polestar N-10 being used in the operating room; Animation of the brain.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2001                2:00 - 2:15 p.m. ET (11:00 - 11:15 a.m. PT)
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