UnityPoint Clinic Neurosurgeons Debut New Technology for Brain Surgery

Medtronic StealthStationT S8 Surgical navigation system product picture is attached courtesy of Medtronic.
Photo caption: Medtronic StealthStation™ S8 Surgical navigation system product picture courtesy of Medtronic.

Neurosurgeons at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital are using the latest advancements in neurosurgery technology, which will lead to shorter hospital stays and recovery.


Recently the Medtronic StealthStation™ S8 Surgical navigation system was installed in St. Luke’s operating rooms. StealthStation technology has been a mainstay in neurosurgery suites for the past 25 years, being used in more than 2.25 million procedures.

UnityPoint Clinic Neurosurgeons Drs. Mary Louise Hlavin and Jeannette Liu initially used the new technology for two brain tumor resections and three brain biopsies. The StealthStation S8 surgical navigation system has an intuitive interface, improved patient registration software and advanced visualization – producing a clearer picture for the surgeon, which allows surgeons to navigate more precisely, perform less-invasive procedures and help improve clinical outcomes.

“I like to think of the Stealth as intraoperative GPS,” said Dr. Mary Louise Hlavin, UnityPoint Clinic neurosurgeon. “It makes tumor resections safer, more accurate and more complete. It enables better localization and thus smaller incisions, which in turn leads to shorter operative time and better healing. Although we have had similar systems for years, this technology is superior and greatly improves patient care. We are pleased to offer this new technology in our community.”  

The system integrates with external devices like microscopes, ultrasound and a broad array of specialty instruments.
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