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Innovations

As part of our commitment to delivering world-class care in Kansas City, we keep pace with the latest technological advancements. We incorporate the best of them into clinical evaluation and decision-making. Some of the diagnostic and treatment innovations that help us consistently provide excellent care include:

The iMRI allows neurosurgeons to capture images and refine surgeries midprocedure
The intraoperative MRI – the only one in the region adjacent to the surgical suite – allows neurosurgeons to capture images and refine surgeries midprocedure for the least rick and the best outcomes.

iMRI

The 2017 opening of our Cambridge Tower A facility brought with it the region's only intraoperative MRI located adjacent to the surgical suite. This enables neurosurgeons to capture brain scans during surgical procedures. Neurosurgeons use the rapidly available images to evaluate how thoroughly damaged brain tissue has been removed. If the images reveal damaged tissue remaining, the neurosurgery team can refine the surgery. This allows care teams to increase the effectiveness of surgical procedures, often eliminating the need for a second procedure. It also improves patient safety, as patients no longer must be moved while anesthetized. Learn more about this exciting innovation.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures

Our neurosciences teams are increasingly providing minimally invasive surgical options. These reduce risk for patients, decreasing the potential for infection, accelerating recovery time, and reducing scarring of functional concerns. One condition that can often be resolved through minimally invasive surgery is the removal of skull-base brain tumors. Learn more about this procedure and the multidisciplinary team that provides it.

We offer the latest in DBS technology which provides the best symptom control to help patients achieve a high quality of life
The latest DBS technology provides unprecedented control and focus, offering the best symptom control to help patients achieve the best quality of life.

Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) helps control symptoms and improve quality of life for patients living with movement disorders. While movement disorder specialists have relied upon DBS for decades, recent developments have made the treatment more precise and more effective than ever before. Learn more about how it works and about our experts, including one of the nation's top neurosurgeons in DBS implantation. 

Brain mapping

Neuropsychology is a specialized field that complements neurology to help plan effective treatment options for brain disorders. Our specialty-trained, board-certified neuropsychologist performs and interprets sophisticated brain mapping to assess cognitive and behavioral functions. This information is used to guide neurologists and neurosurgeons in planning care or surgical procedures to control symptoms – such as epilepsy surgery or brain tumor removal – while preserving functions like speech and memory.

Inspire®

Our sleep medicine specialists are among few in the U.S. to offer the revolutionary Inspire device to treat sleep apnea. The implantable technology monitors breathing overnight and signals the tongue to maintain a clear airway. In fiscal year 2017, our team saw positive results in more than half of our implemented patients. Otolaryngologist Chris Larsen, MD, is among the nation's top 5% of Inspire implanters for 2017. Learn more about Inspire and our sleep medicine services. 

OmniTom®

The OmniTom mobile CT scanner is a major innovation for patient care and safety. It is the only CT scanner with omni-directional wheels – which move in all directions, including up and down – to allow providers to capture high-quality images for critically ill patients without moving them from the ICU. We are one of few institutions in the nation and the only one in the region to begin using this new, state-of-the-art technology.

Advantages include:

  • Improves dose efficiency

  • Streamlines clinical workflow

  • Reduces patient risk or inconvenience
ROSA offers faster, more accurate, less invasive placement of depth electordes in epilepsy surgeries
The ROSA robot offers faster, more accurate, less invasive placement of depth electrodes in epilepsy surgeries.

ROSA®

We'll soon further elevate our widely recognized epilepsy, movement disorder and brain tumor care programs, adding ROSA to the sophisticated technologies available in Cambridge Tower A. The ROSA stereo electroencephalography (sEEG) robot allows for more accuracy in placement of electrodes that monitor and confirm where the seizures are occurring. It supports minimally invasive placement of depth electrodes, such as those used in epilepsy surgery or in deep brain stimulation. The technology enables a faster, more precise and less invasive procedure, reducing surgical risk, accelerating healing and improving outcomes.

Advantages include:

  • Eliminates the need for frame placement to immobilize the patient's head

  • Decreases procedure length by several hours

  • Increases patient safety

  • Improves accuracy of electrode placement, elevating patient outcomes

Clinical trials

As the region's leading academic medical center, and a hospital regularly recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's best, we participate in and offer our patients access to clinical trials often not available elsewhere. Our physicians, who also serve as researchers of the University of Kansas Medical Center, extend the latest treatment options to patients who may have run out of frontline choices. Learn more about the clinical trials our teams participate in.

Visit this page often to learn more about the ever-growing array of innovations that helps keep The University of Kansas Health System among the nation's best hospitals.