Special Issue "Modern Image-Guided Surgical Strategies in Neurosurgical Oncology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 8966
Interests: brain tumors; navigated transcranial magnetici stimulation; DTI fiber tracking; preoperative planning; image-guided surgery
Interests: neuro-oncology; gliomas; preoperative planning; navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS); DTI tractography
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The modern surgical treatment of brain tumors consists in the “maximal safe resection”, aiming at the maximal removal of neoplastic tissue while preserving surrounding neurovascular structures to reduce postoperative morbidity. In recent years, several neuroimaging techniques have been introduced in neurosurgical practice to plan and guide surgical resection, thus helping neurosurgeons to achieve the goal of the maximal safe resection. Different imaging techniques are currently used both in the preoperative period and during surgical resection, ranging from preoperative neuroimaging and neurophysiological technologies to plan the safest surgical strategy, up to intraoperative dyes and neuroimaging studies to improve the visualization of neoplastic tissue and verify the extent of tumor resection.
The scope of this Special Issue is to summarize the state of the art of modern preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative neuroimaging techniques used in neuro-oncology to improve the surgical treatment and outcome of patients affected by brain tumors. The aim is to enhance knowledge of modern image-guided strategies in neurosurgical oncology, thus providing new insights into novel multidisciplinary image-guided approaches, ranging from strategies based on advanced preoperative functional imaging and planning, to modern approaches based on the intraoperative implementation of advanced neuroimaging-based technologies to improve the visualization of neoplastic tissue, the identification of eloquent neurovascular structures, and the assessment of the tumor extent of resection.
We are looking for studies focusing on the following imaging-based approach in neurosurgical oncology:
- Multidisciplinary neuroimaging approaches combining advanced techniques, including nTMS/TMS, fMRI, MEG, and tractography, for preoperative planning and surgery of brain tumors;
- Modern approaches to preoperative planning in neuro-oncology based on simulation, augmented reality, and virtual reality;
- Intraoperative image-guided strategies to identify neoplastic tissue based on the use of fluorescent dyes (e.g., sodium fluoresceine, 5-ALA), on modern software-based analysis of the fluorescent signal, or on advanced histological analysis (e.g., intraoperative confocal microscopy);
- Intraoperative neuroimaging technologies to assess the extent of tumor resection (e.g., iMRI, iCT, iUS);
- Intraoperative multimodal image-guided strategies merging anatomofunctional information with advanced tools for the identification of neoplastic tissue that enable a safer and maximal tumor resection (e.g., navigation-based and microscope-based augmented reality);
- Intraoperative imaging strategies to verify the integrity of vascular structures during and after tumor resection (e.g., indocianin-green videoangiography).
Original articles, review, minireview, editorials, commentary, technical notes, and case reports.
Dr. Thomas Picht
Dr. Giovanni Raffa
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- Brain tumors
- Image-guided neurosurgery
- Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Fluorescence-guided neurosurgery
- Augmented reality
- Virtual reality
- Simulation in neurosurgery