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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 7, 2017

Neuro control – using neuro monitoring data to control networked active instruments

  • Christian Dietz EMAIL logo , Jonas H. Pfeiffer , Max E. Dingler and Tim C. Lüth


Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) can be used to monitor the neural integrity and help the surgeon to reduce iatrogenic patient damage. We present a networked digital assistance system based on real-time IONM data. The system automatically reduces the power of active medical ablation instruments when they endanger neural structures. We integrated a nerve monitor into a real-time network of medical devices. In doing so, neurophysiological signals are available to all connected medical devices in real-time. With the IONM data a so-called function module Neuro Control calculates and controls the maximum allowed power for active instruments like an ultrasonic dissector.

Published Online: 2017-09-07

©2017 Christian Dietz et al., published by De Gruyter

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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