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22 August 2011

Spot-on neurosurgery

With a brand-new surgical technique a surgeon uses software to navigate around sensitive structures in the brain without causing any damage. Mari Hudson was there.

Almost like using a GPS, the neurosurgeon ‘flies’ in virtual reality towards the tumour. Software navigates him around sensitive structures in the brain without causing damage to these structures. Marí Hudson was there. (Pictures: Nick Aldridge)

The new centre is the first of its kind in South Africa and only the second (after Sydney) in the southern hemisphere. There are 58 similar centres elsewhere in the world, mainly in the US and Europe.

 
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