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 from our team relating to intraoperative MRI-guided surgery:
1. Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging to reduce the rate of early reoperation for lesion resection in pediatric neurosurgery.
Shah MN, Leonard JR, Inder G, Gao F, Geske M, Haydon DH, Omodon ME, Evans J, Morales D, Dacey RG, Smyth MD, Chicoine MR, Limbrick DD.
J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012 Mar;9(3):259-64. doi: 10.3171/2011.12.PEDS11227.
2. Implementation and preliminary clinical experience with the use of ceiling mounted mobile high field intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging between two operating rooms.
Chicoine MR, Lim CC, Evans JA, Singla A, Zipfel GJ, Rich KM, Dowling JL, Leonard JR, Smyth MD, Santiago P, Leuthardt EC, Limbrick DD, Dacey RG.
Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2011;109:97-102. doi: 10.1007/978-3-211-99651-5_15.