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Revolutionizing the way brain surgery is performed


Narrator:       This is Science Today. Doctors at the University of California, San Francisco are developing their own unique surgical devices, which are revolutionizing the way brain surgeries are performed. Neurosurgeon Paul Larson helped pioneer an innovative MRI scanner that can be used to more safely and comfortably perform an invasive brain surgery known as deep brain stimulation.

Larson:           The concept didn't really exist 10 years ago. It wasn't until the right collection of people in the right place came together to make it happen.

Narrator:        Larson and his team manipulated existing technology to devise a makeshift MRI device. They have since partnered with a medical technology company to develop a second generation system that would be available to other hospitals.

Larson:           The goal of a second-generation device was to make this accessible to any center that wants to do it. So, if you're a medical center in New York or if you are a neurosurgeon in Singapore, you can do this procedure.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.