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The UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology provides diagnostic testing and continuous real time intraoperative (during surgery) monitoring of the nervous system.
During surgery, the neurophysiologist monitors live signals from the patient’s:
The main goal is to predict and prevent nerve injury within these structures during surgery.
The center monitors more than 7,000 surgical procedures each year and reaches across many specialties, and is the largest academic intraoperative monitoring provider in the U.S. In addition to adult and pediatric neurosurgery, the center provides monitoring for orthopaedic, otolaryngology, and heart and vascular surgery.
The center also provides telemedicine consultation to community hospitals throughout Pennsylvania. This allows patients to stay in their own communities while benefiting from the expertise of the center.
Intraoperative monitoring at UPMC includes expertise in:
In addition to providing intraoperative monitoring services, the UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology also performs evoked potential testing (a test that measures the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation) and transcranial Doppler studies (a test that evaluates blood circulation in the brain).