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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2013, Article ID 568960, 8 pages
Review Article

What is New and Innovative in Emergency Neurosurgery? Emerging Diagnostic Technologies Provide Better Care and Influence Outcome: A Specialist Review

1Department of Neurosurgery, Red Cross Hospital, 1st Erythrou Staurou and Athanasaki Street, 11526 Ampelokipoi, Athens, Greece
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, 3010 Bern, Switzerland

Received 4 August 2013; Accepted 8 October 2013

Academic Editor: Efthyvolos Kyriakou

Copyright © 2013 Athanasios K. Zisakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The development of emergency medical services and especially neurosurgical emergencies during recent decades has necessitated the development of novel tools. Although the gadgets that the neurosurgeon uses today in emergencies give him important help in diagnosis and treatment, we still need new technology, which has rapidly developed. This review presents the latest diagnostic tools, which offer precious help in everyday emergency neurosurgery practice. New ultrasound devices make the diagnosis of haematomas easier. In stroke, the introduction of noninvasive new gadgets aims to provide better treatment to the patient. Finally, the entire development of computed tomography and progress in radiology have resulted in innovative CT scans and angiographic devices that advance the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of the patent. The pressure on physicians to be quick and effective and to avoid any misjudgement of the patient has been transferred to the technology, with the emphasis on developing new systems that will provide our patients with a better outcome and quality of life.