Stereotactic robots for neurosurgery are on the rise globally. In Flanders, it is the first time the robot has been used for brain surgery. The surgeon attaches a metal ring on the head of patient, enabling him to make a scan of the brain without the head moving. After that the robot is attached to the metal ring, so that the surgeon can mark the required entry points on the scan for the electrodes and biopsy needles. The robot arm then moves into the correct position.
Whereas previously several mechanical straightening devices were used for this type of surgery, which the surgeon had to set up himself, the brand new robot primarily saves time. The neurorobot reduces the risk of errors when setting the aiming device and works on average 1 millimetre more accurately than a manual setting.