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State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms


Further demonstrating St. Mary’s commitment to providing our community with top-tier neurosciences care, we offer state-of-the-art operating rooms (ORs), designed specifically to allow neurosurgeons to perform minimally invasive and image-assisted procedures.

A hybrid OR is equipped with an advanced biplane imaging system that generates highly detailed, three-dimensional views of small blood vessels, soft tissue, and the patient’s anatomy. The imaging system’s advanced software creates detailed images of soft tissue — such as brain tissue — similar to images generated by a CT scanner. Two flat-panel X-ray detectors also help physicians visualize interventional devices, such as guidewires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

The extremely detailed high-resolution images allow surgeons to perform complex interventions with newly emerging procedures used to treat patients with conditions previously considered too difficult for surgery. The spacious design of this specialized neurosciences OR includes an innovative biplane imaging system that is designed to treat patients with the lowest possible radiation dose and to reduce the need to reposition patients for imaging studies. The new imaging system provides views of the patient’s anatomy, from any direction without the distortion common with conventional X-ray techniques, which helps in providing more accurate and faster diagnosis and treatment. The biplane system provides physicians detailed three-dimensional views of small blood vessels and soft tissue during angiography and neuroradiology procedures.

The Neurosciences ORs also are well equipped for neurosurgical evaluation of the neck and spine to diagnose and treat:

  • Chronic pain
  • Nerve and peripheral nerve compression
  • Herniated intervertebral discs
  • Spinal cord compression syndromes and repair surgery
  • Spinal cord and head injuries resulting from trauma
  • Malignant and benign tumors of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves


“The amazing detail provided by this high-tech imaging system enhances our capabilities to perform the most delicate procedures in the most vulnerable regions of the body. This will greatly benefit the existing and future healthcare needs of our community.”

Robert Rossenwasser, MD

Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Endovascular Services at St. Mary Medical Center


“Treating medical conditions of the head, neck, and spine requires a sophisticated level of expertise and skilled techniques. St. Mary has dedicated the resources to advance its neurosciences program to provide the highest standards of leading-edge care.”

Mark McLaughlin, MD
Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Brain and Spine Surgery at St. Mary Medical Center