Four-Year-Old Girl with Brain Tumor Benefits from New Technology Investment at Akron Children’s Hospital
Drs. Joel Katz and Tsulee Chen are among the first pediatric neurosurgeons to use the Olympus ORBEYE in the OR.
This was true when four-year-old Raven Hitchings underwent brain surgery less than 24 hours after doctors found she had a golf-ball size brain tumor. Raven’s parents Jamie Mariol and Ronnie Hitchings spent a very anxious day awaiting the outcome of the surgery and the diagnosis of the tumor. “We were expecting to go home after the MRI, but we spent the night in the hospital and the next day she was in surgery,” said mom Jamie Mariol.
Akron Children’s Hospital purchased the ORBEYE in April 2021. The exoscope magnifies the detail of tissue, blood vessels and other anatomy at up to 26 times and displays these details in 3D and at 4K resolution on a 55-inch monitor specifically designed by Sony and Olympus for use in the operating room. With the ORBEYE, surgeons operate in a “heads-up” posture rather than leaning over the patient.
Dr. Chen noted neurosurgeries can range from 2 hours to up to 9 hours for complicated brain tumor cases. In this regard, the comfort of the surgeons is an important factor. Raven’s surgery took six hours.
“We are all used to wearing really heavy eye loupes and a headlight, but this technology allows us to do our longer surgeries in a more heads-up, ergonomic position,” she said.