Interactive Map Can Better Guide Neurological Surgeons Through Brain
Jefferson Hospital is one of first medical centers in US to develop and begin using translational, interactive 3-D technology to map the human brain and help guide neurological surgeons during epilepsy surgery and procedures to remove malignant brain tumors.
This imaging technology can help surgeons better determine the location of tumors for removal. The 3-D mapping also helps guide surgeons during epilepsy procedures to see exactly where electrodes have been placed in the brain and portions of the brain that may have to be removed to help stop seizures.
"Neurosurgery is strongly dependent on image guidance, and in order to fully explore the massive amount of data provided by modern imaging devices, neuroscientists and neurosurgeons are steadily asking for improved visualization techniques, said radiologic researcher Song Lai, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of MRI Physics, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, whose team developed the software, dubbed MediXAD, over the last few years.
"This multi-disciplinary project represents a unique combination of advanced imaging technology development with significant clinical applications, bringing together different but complementary expertise, including MRI physicists, computer scientists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists," Dr. Lai noted.
DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging)