AKU becomes country’s first hospital to introduce ‘Neuro-Robotic Exoscope’

Modern equipment will transform surgery on delicate areas of brains

Our Correspondent April 12, 2016
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KARACHI: The Aga Khan University hospital (AKUH) has become the first medical centre to introduce the new advanced brain surgery technology, Neuro-Robotic Exoscope, in Pakistan and the only hospital outside North America to have advance neurosciences equipment.

The revolutionary technology was inaugurated at AKUH on Monday. The equipment, with its highly detailed 3D imaging and robotic positioning system, will transform the way surgeons operate on delicate areas of the brain and radically alter treatment options for patients during the surgery.

Neurosciences System Clinical Programme and Aurora Neurosciences Innovation Institute vice-president and Aurora St Luke's Medical Centre, USA, neurosurgery chairperson, Dr Amin Kassam, shared his experience of performing the world's first neurosurgery using this system in April last year.

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"I have performed perhaps 10,000 brain surgeries in my career and this felt like the first time I had the tools I have always needed," said Kassam. He added that from the planning stages and through the surgery itself, they finally got the kind of look inside the patient's brain that previously they could have only dreamed of.  Doctors from Singapore and India will come here to learn from neurosurgeons in Pakistan, Kassam said, adding that this will be a remarkable opportunity for the AKUH.


The advanced system will enable neurosurgeons at the hospital to access deepest parts of the human brain, distinguish between diseased and healthy tissues and determine the best surgical approach to minimise neurological deficits during complex brain surgeries.

"The system takes highly detailed images of a patient's brain and projects it on a screen, while a computer guides the path according to the patient's preoperative imaging," said AKU department of surgery chairperson and neurosurgery professor Dr Ather Enam.

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He said the equipment would provide the patients with minimally invasive surgery. Enam added that safer and more precise surgeries with fewer complications will be conducted, faster recovery time for patients, reduced post-operative stay and improved health outcomes.

Synaptive Medical president Cameron Piron, the developer of the technology, said that the system is a sort of GPS for the brain that gives the surgeons a visual representation of the complex structures of the brain.

While addressing the guests, AKU president Firoz Rasul termed the inauguration a milestone and a historical event. He said that it is the first installation of this technology outside North America and it can guide AKUH to be the best among the world in neuroscience.

"This system is a first step towards the establishment of a centre of excellence in neurosciences at AKUH that will provide comprehensive and

quality care for all diseases related to the nervous system and spine," Rasul added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2016.


Mahjbeen bokhari | 8 years ago | Reply Still our leaders would go abroad for the treatment . That's the level of confidence they have in our Doctors . Yet they are our Leaders.
nizar ali shah | 8 years ago | Reply The introduction of NeuroRobotic Exoscope is a great development to treat the brain and its related diseases at AKU.This is a revolutionary technology and this has been made possible for the first time in the history of Pakistan and the Indian and the surrounding countries s neuro surgeons would also avail this opportunity from the AKU experience in Pakistan.Prevously it was a dream which has been materialised under the charismatic leadership of HH the Aga Khan and his committed team in Pakistan and abroad,This facility is the first of its kind outside North America.
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