Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (ioMRI) uses powerful 1.5 Tessla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to help neurosurgeons image the patient's brain during surgery (intraoperatively) to help determine if all of the tumor or lesion has been removed during tumor or epilepsy surgery. For some kinds of tumors, it is difficult to distinguish the tumor from normal brain tissue just by looking at it. This type of scanning during surgery helps the surgeon be more accurate in the initial operation, and we have demonstrated a reduction in the need for reoperations when the ioMRI is used in selected cases.
Selected publications and abstracts from our physicians:
- Shah MN, Leonard JR, Inder G, Feng G, Haydon D, Omodon M, Evans J, Morales D, Dacey RG, Park TS, Smyth MD, Chicoine MR, Limbrick DD. Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging reduces the rate of early reoperation for lesion resection in pediatric neurosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 9:259-64, 2012.
- Chicoine MR, Lim CCH, Evans JA, Singla A, Zipfel GJ, Rich KM, Dowling JL, Leonard JR, R, Smyth MD, Santiago P, Leuthardt EC, Limbrick DD, Dacey RG. Implementation and Preliminary Clinical Experience with the Use of Ceiling Mounted Mobile High Field Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Between Two Operating Rooms. Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum, 109:07-102, 2011.