Cedars-Sinai Blog

Sneaking into the Brain with GPS-Like Technology


"We want to sneak into the brain without the brain even realizing we were there."


Dr. Keith Black has likened being a brain surgeon to being like a thief in the night.

"We want to sneak into the brain, get the tumor or get the vascular malformation, and get out without ever touching the brain, without the brain even realizing we were there," says Dr. Black, chair of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai.

Now he has a GPS-like tool to map the trillions of crucial pathways webbing through the brain. The device is called the BrightMatter Guide, and it provides real-time, vibrantly colored 3D images to guide surgeons before and during surgery.