The best technology for precise answers
How does the ROSA robot work?
As a comprehensive Epilepsy Center, we use best-in-class technology to determine where seizures originate in the brain.
The ROSA robot guides your child’s surgeon to precisely place electrodes in the most beneficial locations to monitor for seizures in a minimally invasive way called a stereotactic EEG (SEEG).
Building a clear picture of your child’s brain
Before the SEEG, your child will have tests that help their care team get a clearer picture of what’s happening in their brain. These tests may include admission into the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to observe and record seizures, PET scan, Wada testing, neuropsychological testing, SPECT study to measure blood flow in the brain, and a special MRI.
The ROSA robot integrates some of these test results into its software to create a 3-D map of your child’s brain. This helps the care team determine the most likely locations for the focus, or origin, of your child’s seizures and the best path to get to those areas of their brain safely.
Pinpoint accuracy means better outcomes
During the SEEG, the surgeon uses the map provided by ROSA to make up to 20 tiny holes in your child’s skull. They can insert very fine wires, called electrodes, through these holes and then attach electrode sensors to the wires to watch for seizures.
Monitoring for seizures
After the electrodes are placed, your child will be monitored in the hospital while the electrodes record their seizure activity. Once the epilepsy team has enough information, they will remove the electrodes (a fairly quick process) and review all the information.
Then, your care team will meet with you to discuss the next steps. If your child is a candidate for surgery, the surgeon will discuss the best way to remove any areas of the brain that are causing seizure activity. Usually this procedure can be done in the same hospital stay, which generally lasts three to four days total.