Thursday, December 26, 2013

Loyola physicians edit guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Medical Center physicians Christopher Loftus, MD, and José Biller, MD, are co-editors of a new comprehensive guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery.

The 416-page text, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, is published by McGraw-Hill Professional. The third co-editor is Eli Baron, MD.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring takes the reader step-by-step through the proper protocols for measuring and mapping neural function, emphasizing the correct application of intraoperative recordings for improved surgical outcomes.
The text describes how to use the latest neuromonitoring tools and presents common and lesser-known techniques for neural assessment. Features include:

  • Learn-as-you-go guidance on measuring and mapping neural structures, focusing on the proper evaluation of pertinent patient data and providing the surgeon with accurate updates through the duration of the case.
  • Five-part organization that explains topics such as neuromonitoring during cerebrovascular surgery, mapping cerebral and brainstem function and neuromonitoring in spinal surgery peripheral nerve procedures.
  • Numerous illustrations, figures, surgical images and angiograms.
  • Full chapter-ending references.

Loftus is chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Biller is chair of the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Baron is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.