BrightMatter™ Robot-Assisted Brain Surgery

Imagine your doctor being able to see details of your brain down to an individual blood cell. That’s the reality of BrightMatter, a robot-assisted brain surgery system at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center.

If you’ve been told surgery is not an option — that your tumor is “inoperable” because of its location in your brain — surgery may now be possible. Henry Ford Hospital is the first in Michigan, and one of the first in the United States, to offer BrightMatter robot-assisted brain surgery.

Learn more about our other technologies for brain tumor surgery.

Unprecedented views, greater precision and faster recovery after brain tumor surgery

BrightMatter’s advanced technology lets our surgeons see brain tumors and surrounding tissue in an entirely new way. The system helps them preserve parts of your brain important for body movement, speech, strength and vision. It also shortens your recovery after brain tumor surgery and reduces your chance of complications.

BrightMatter allows your surgeon to make small, targeted incisions to reach your brain tumor while avoiding important command centers in your brain. BrightMatter makes your brain surgery safer and more effective in several ways:

  • Better view of your brain tumor: BrightMatter provides highly detailed images of your brain, as close as an actual red blood cell travelling through an artery. A high-powered digital microscope has a larger and deeper field of view, and more natural color. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), previously only available for research purposes, gives visuals of complex white matter tracts in the brain. 
  • Greater surgical precision: BrightMatter’s Modus V robotically controlled digital microscope was developed from technology used on the International Space Station. The robotic arm is equipped with sophisticated lighting and linked to sensors in the surgeon’s tools. The sensors let surgeons know if their instruments are properly aligned as they move forward in your brain. 

24 hour appointment guarantee

When it’s brain cancer, you don’t want to wait. We offer a brain tumor appointment guarantee to ensure that you can be seen by a specialist quickly.

Request an appointment

Request information on clinical trials

If you were diagnosed with a brain tumor we may have a clinical trial for you.

Request more information
24 hour appointment guarantee
Call us at (888) 777-4167

Schedule Appointment Online

If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please do not utilize this scheduling feature for urgent medical situations.

For your safety please call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if: You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past 21 days you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In the past 14 days you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Or If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days: fever, chills, drenching sweats, new cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

Schedule Appointment for