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Odin Medical Technologies` PoleStar N-10 For Intraoperative MR Imaging Sets A New Standard in Neurosurgery (Business Wire)A breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging technology is giving neurosurgeons new vision. Until recently, doctors were only able to use MRI scans as a diagnostic tool to obtain images of brain tumors before and after surgery.- Mar 29 5:05 AM ET


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Odin Medical Technologies' PoleStar N-10 For Intraoperative MR Imaging Sets A New Standard in Neurosurgery

NEWTON, Mass.--(BW HealthWire)--March 29, 2001--A breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology is giving neurosurgeons new vision. Until recently, doctors were only able to use MRI scans as a diagnostic tool to obtain images of brain tumors before and after surgery. Now, the PoleStar(TM) N-10 ushers in a new era of real-time MR Imaging during brain surgery.

Newly cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the PoleStar N-10 is the world's first compact intraoperative MR Imaging system designed for use in a standard operating room. It resides under the operating room table and lifts into position when surgeons need to obtain detailed images of the brain during surgery. Seeing the operation as it unfolds greatly enhances the effectiveness of neurosurgical procedures without interrupting the surgical routine.

"The PoleStar N-10 enables us to adapt and adjust brain tumor resection based on exactly what we see on high quality images during the operation," says Michael Schulder, M.D., an associate professor of neurosurgery at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark. " We believe it has the potential to radically change the management of brain disease," adds Dr. Schulder, who was the first to use the new intraoperative MRI (iMRI) device in the United States.

Scans taken before the first incision permit the surgeon to precisely pinpoint the exact location of a lesion and choose the best surgical approach to minimize contact with healthy tissue. Intraoperative imaging overcomes uncertainties resulting from any "shifting" of the brain, allowing the surgeon to make decisions based on the most accurate and up-to-date information. During the surgery, the PoleStar N-10 images can be used to monitor progress while postoperative scans confirm the entire removal of the lesion.

"Tumor margins and healthy tissue can appear similar to the naked eye," explains Gene H. Barnett, M.D., director of the Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor Center. "With the PoleStar, we can determine the exact location of the tumor, remove it and evaluate the results all while the patient is still on the operating table. I believe this type of surgical navigation system will become the standard of care for brain tumor surgery over the next few years."

Early attempts to move MRI units into surgery required specially constructed surgical suites equipped with a full array of magnetic-compatible tools. Some of these units also required a technician to operate the machine from a nearby room.

The PoleStar, by comparison, is a compact, open magnet system that is operated by the neurosurgeon. The magnet is raised into position for imaging, offering the neurosurgeon the ability of MRI to differentiate between normal brain and intracranial lesions without affecting the O.R. routine. The magnet can also be lowered below the operating table when not in use.

"With the introduction of the PoleStar, an MRI system in the operating room has become a reality," notes Christopher von Jako, executive vice president of Odin. "Its real-time intraoperative imaging capabilities give surgeons another tool in their armamentarium to fight tumors."

Odin Medical Technologies, Ltd. develops, manufactures and commercializes intraoperative MRI systems designed to improve neurosurgical interventions with a special focus on minimally invasive procedures. Located in Newton, MA., Odin Medical Technologies, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Israeli-based Company. Its U.S. office provides sales, service and customer support for North America.
For more information, log on to www.odinmed.com.


Contact:
     Odin Medical Technologies, Ltd.
     Nadine Tosk, 504-483-6957
     or
     Susan McBurney, 504-828-1159

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