Opened in 2014, Mission Hospital's Neuroscience & Spine Institute stands as the premier neurosurgical facility in Orange County

Neuroscience & Spine Institute

Innovative Technology

The New Surgical Floor

The newest addition to the patient tower is the surgical floor, which will contain cutting-edge technology in each of the three operating rooms. Equipped with the latest surgical and intraoperative imaging equipment, our large, 1,000 square foot operating rooms set the standard for clinical excellence. This provides our surgical teams to have the latest technology at their fingertips, while providing the best possible care to patients.

The Latest Equipment

  • State-of-the-Art Surgical Suites: the "wall of knowledge" in each operating room will allow us to display pertinent information on the 52-inch monitors, as well as interact with experts at our hospital and clinical specialists around the world in real time for consultation purposes during a surgical procedure.
  • Surgical Navigation System: used as a GPS system in the brain or spine allowing the surgeon to accurately identify the area of interest, leading to more precise neurosurgery and better clinical outcomes.
  • O-Arm (intraoperative 2D x-ray with 3D fluoroscopy): used during complex spine procedures to visualize anatomy during the procedure.
  • MR Fluoroscopic Guidance: used with a neurosurgical microscope to identify the arrangement of blood vessels during a brain aneurysm — the blood vessels light up as if under a black light.
  • PET Scan: can reveal the size, shape, position and function of organs. PET scans are often used to check brain function, diagnose cancer and brain disorders, and see how far cancer has spread.
  • CT Scan: creates detailed pictures of the body, including the brain, chest, spine and abdomen. The test can be used to diagnose an infection, accurately guide a surgeon to the right area during a biopsy, identify masses and tumors, and study blood vessels.
  • MRI: provides detailed pictures of the brain and nerve tissues. A brain MRI can be used to diagnose and monitor many conditions that affect the brain, including birth defects, bleeding, infections, tumors, hormonal disorders, multiple sclerosis and stroke. An MRI scan can also determine the cause of muscle weakness, numbness, changes in thinking or behavior, hearing loss, headaches, speaking difficulties and vision problems.
  • The Apollo™ System: used for the controlled aspiration of fluid/tissue while surgery of the ventricular system is being performed to halt hemorrhage, tumors, and cysts. The wand is inserted through the channel of a neuro-endoscopic trocar. It is the only leading-edge technology to provide minimally invasive, gentle, and quick clot or tissue removal.