St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard has a new toy to better conduct brain surgeries: a Zeiss OPMI Pentero 900 microscope, capable of making blood vessels light up like Christmas for microsurgery precision.

The microscope utilizes fluorescent technology, visualizing tissue and blood vessels in the brain in full HD quality for review by surgeons. The OPMI Pentero visualization system is said to be “so powerful it can check the flow of blood through tiny vessels that have been repaired during surgery,” including vessels in the brain.

“This microscope allows enhanced surgical visualization of complex anatomical structures and regions for difficult open neurovascular procedures, along with improved fluorescence vascular imaging,” said Alois Zauner, M.D., a neurosurgeon at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

The minimally invasive microscope is the latest gadget at the center’s new Neuroscience Center of Excellence, part of the Modernization and Expansion Project underway at the medical center. The expansion will include a neurointerventional biplane angiography system, as well as “enhancements that will allow for brain clot removal, aneurysm repair, carotid artery stenting, advanced brain and next tumor removal and intracranial hemorrhage stoppage.”

“The addition of this new operating-room microscope, along with our enhanced programs and abilities in the field of neuroscience, is one more example of fulfilling our promise to the community to provide the safest and highest of quality care coupled with the latest state-of-the-art technologies,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Hospitals. “No longer do our community members need to travel outside our community to receive world-class care.”

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