A review and comparison of three neuronavigation systems for minimally invasive intracerebral hemorrhage evacuation

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Abstract

Advances in stereotactic navigation technology have helped to improve the ease, reliability, and workflow of neurosurgical intraoperative navigation. These advances have also allowed novel, minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques to emerge. Minimally invasive techniques for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) evacuation, including endoscopic evacuation and passive catheter drainage, are notable examples, and as these gain support in the literature and their use expands, stereotactic navigation will take on an increasingly important and central role. Each neurosurgical navigation system has unique characteristics. Operators may find that certain aspects are more important than others, depending on the environment in which the evacuation is performed and operator preferences. This review will describe the characteristics of three popular stereotactic neuronavigation systems and compare their advantages and disadvantages as they relate to minimally invasive ICH evacuation.

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