Department of Neuroscience

Unit for Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery is a relatively small but exciting subject. It encompasses a broad range of illnesses, from acute head injuries and neck trauma to the treatment of chronic illnesses, such as neuropathic pain and spasticity. We also treat patients with brain tumours, cerebral haemorrhages, hydrocephalus, congenital birth defects of the central nervous system, along with degenerative diseases of the spine and neck.

The Neurosurgical department at St. Olavs Hospital has the responsibility for neurosurgery services in the whole of the Mid-Norway health region.

Neurosurgery research

Under the auspices of the Centre for 3D ultrasound in surgery, a number of different projects are being undertaken that involve the use of 3D ultrasound for brain surgery (contact: Professor Geirmund Unsgård):

  • Multi-centre study of brain tumour patients operated using navigated 3D ultrasound
  • Evaluation of intraoperative ultrasound in pituitary surgery
  • Biopsy study to determine the reliability of 3D ultrasound during brain tumour surgery
  • 3D ultrasound angiography (power Doppler) during brain surgery (AVMs and aneurisms)
  • Strain imaging of brain tumours
  • "Blood flow imaging" (BFI) of aneurisms and arteriovenous malformations

The following projects are being conducted under the auspices of the National Centre for Spinal Diseases (contact: Professor Øystein Nygaard):

  • Post-traumatic neck pain/headache with diagnostic mapping of small ligaments in the neck using MRI
  • Cervical radiculopathy: A comparison of MRI changes and biomechanical changes
  • Multi-centre randomized study on lumbar disc prosthesis versus spinal rehabilitation in chronic back pain
  • Lumbar nerve root affection: Clinical and health-economic aspects
  • Surgical treatment of spinal stenosis, randomized study with two different surgical strategies
  • Randomized study on the use of cervical disc prosthesis in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy

Head injury research and research in neurointensive care medicine (contact: Professor Anne Vik):

  • Head injuries: Prospective studies with repeated conventional and advanced MRI, neuropsychological assessment and global outcome
  • Severe head injuries: Evaluation of the intensive care management and complications
  • Risk factors for subarachnoid haemorrhage: the HUNT and Tromsø studies
  • Head injury and risk of posttraumatic headache: HUNT studies
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