Functional MRI is increasingly included in planning for neurosurgical operations, mostly for removal of a tumor, or of the source of seizures in epilepsy. fMRI can provide locations of important brain areas that need to be spared. Due to complexity in acquiring and evaluating fMRI data, very few hospitals have the capability to perform clinical fMRI. BrainCarta is a spin-off company from the UMC that will enable radiology departments to provide functional MRI scans to neurologists and neurosurgeons even without specialists on site. Goal is to improve chances of tumor patients to early surgical removal, by increasing availability of fMRI in surgical decision making. The start up is funded in part with a Valorisation Phase 2 grant (equal to an SBIR grant) from STW.
September 2018: BrainCarta is officially open. Please visit them at https://braincarta.com/