Helpful for tumors and stroke victims...having a picture ahead of time via use of and MRI and software...BD
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- In brain surgery, accuracy is crucial. Surgeons typically use electrical stimulation while patients are awake to identify important areas in the brain during surgery. Now, doctors are using a new technology to map the brain.
Scott Engle spends his spare time making ice cream cones and setting up a neighborhood café for teens. That’s because a hard, bony mass beneath his skull causes severe pain. These images are merged from a functional MRI and special software. Patients perform activities during the scan, so neuroradiologists can map key areas to avoid during surgery.
Leach says the brain mapping software may also be helpful to surgeons performing brain stimulation procedures on stroke patients.