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Atlantic Health System’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center Implements Novel Robotic Neurosurgery Visualization System—the First of its Kind

May 28, 2021

Zeiss Kinevo® 900 microscope integrates with other technologies to provide neurosurgeons superior views of brain tumors; Dr. Moshel performs novel fluorescent brain tumor surgery with new system

May 26, 2021 - Summit, NJ
– The renowned neurosurgical experts at Atlantic Health System’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center are now using the Zeiss Kinevo® 900 Robotic Visualization System, which combined with the Glasser Center’s physicians’ medical expertise, makes it the region’s leader in brain tumor surgery and medical treatment.  Zeiss Kinevo 900 is the most advanced system of its kind, incorporating fluorescent imaging of a tumor with Stealth Navigation 3D images and giving neurosurgeons all of the information they need, with a “heads-up display” during surgery.

Dr. Moshel performs novel fluorescent brain tumor surgery with new system.

The Zeiss Kinevo 900 system is the latest addition to the Glasser Center’s game-changing technologies, which include 3D glasses, high-definition monitors and a robotic exoscope—a high-definition video surgical telescope—all of which provide the neurosurgical team with GPS-like pinpoint accuracy in viewing brain tumors and the brain’s microscopic anatomy.

“Before this technology, neurosurgeons would essentially look at a screen on their left displaying an MRI image, then turn back to the operating table to apply what they saw on the screen to the patient in front of them,” said neurosurgeon Yaron A. Moshel, MD, PhD, co-director of the Glasser Brain Tumor Center. “This combination of technologies now allows us to see everything right in front of us and safely remove complex tumors in some of the most difficult-to-reach locations.”

In addition to Dr. Moshel, Ronald P. Benitez, MD, director of endovascular neurosurgery at Overlook Medical Center and Fabio Frisoli, MD, are also using the new Zeiss Kinevo system.

“At the Glasser Brain Tumor Center, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide our patients with the most innovative and effective treatments available, including the latest, most transformative technologies,” said Dr. Moshel. “We are able to handle even the most deeply situated brain tumors with such technologies as computer-guided navigation and awake intra-operative brain mapping. The Kinevo system represents another step forward. Our neurosurgery team is excited about the superior visualization and ease-of-use this new technology provides.”

With traditional surgical microscopes, surgeons are limited to a straight line of sight.  Kinevo’s unique tools, especially the integrated endoscope, enable neurosurgeons to discover unexplored areas to ensure that they view the entire tumor and areas of the brain that control key functions. These tools allow neurosurgeons to literally see around corners and make the best clinical decisions.

The Kinevo system provides a three-in-one solution that sets a new benchmark in assisting surgeons with additional insights for better clinical decisions, while reducing complexity and manual positioning of the surgical microscope. The system combines digital hybrid visualization—the ability to combine new digital microscopy with traditional optical modes—with QEVO, a unique endoscopic micro-inspection tool, and surgeon-controlled robotics.

This new visualization tool merges three functions of a surgical microscope that were previously separate, as well as an ocular-free digital 4K 3D exoscope and in-situ (in the normal place) images. These combined features enable the Glasser Brain Tumor Center neurosurgical team to identify the borders of the tumor with greater ease, even in many difficult to reach regions of the brain and base of the skull.

Using surgeon-controlled robotics, the Zeiss Kinevo 900 assists neurosurgeons through a technology called PointLock, that allows them to visualize the brain from various angles and target the tumor more easily. They can also identify regions of concern, “bookmark” them, and return to the stored location at the same magnification, working distance and focus—without losing time for manual repositioning of the microscope.

Learn more about the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center >

The center can also be reached by phone at 973-993-7322.


About the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center

Based at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center and the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center brings the most comprehensive and innovative treatments to patients with the most complex benign and malignant tumors of the brain, skull base, spine and spinal cord.

Overlook Medical Center leads in complex brain tumor surgery and is recognized by Healthgrades® among the top 5% in the nation for Neurosciences and Cranial Neurosurgery, and by CareChex® as #1 in New Jersey for Major Neurosurgery.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 18,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across five health systems in the region.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.