Image guided brain tumour surgery

Image guided brain tumour surgery

Surgery for BRAIN TUMOURS is always surrounded by an aura of fear owing to the risks involved. Removing as much tumour as possible is very important, as in some types of brain tumour this can help patients to live longer and have a good quality of life. However, removing a brain tumour may in some cases be difficult because the tumour either looks like normal brain tissue or is near brain tissue that is needed for normal functioning

Over the years Neurosurgery has gone through several changes in terms of technique and technology, today, we are able to remove brain tumours that were once considered inoperable due to their size and/or location by the use of computer technologies and other imaging advances in the operating room which has helped doctors perform safer and less invasive procedures.

Like Global Positioning System (GPS), image guided surgery systems use infrared cameras or electromagnetic fields to capture patient’s anatomy and the surgeon’s precise movements in relation to the patient, and relays them to computer monitors in the operating room. This helps the surgeon to orient himself with three-dimensional images of the patient’s anatomy including the tumour.

Advantages of image guided surgery:

Imaging interventions used during surgery included:

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