Intraoperative imaging techniques for glioma surgery

Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, Carmen Kut, Xingde Li, Kaisorn L. Chaichana

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Gliomas are CNS neoplasms that infiltrate the surrounding brain parenchyma, complicating their treatment. Tools that increase extent of resection while preventing neurological deficit are essential to improve prognosis of patients diagnosed with gliomas. Tools such as intraoperative MRI, ultrasound and fluorescence-guided microsurgery have been used in the surgical resection of CNS gliomas with the goal of maximizing extent of resection to improve patient outcomes. In addition, emerging experimental techniques, for example, optical coherence tomography and Raman spectroscopy are promising techniques which could 1 day add to the increasing armamentarium used in the surgical resection of CNS gliomas. Here, we present the potential advantages and limitations of these imaging techniques for the purposes of identifying gliomas in the operating room.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1731-1745
Number of pages15
JournalFuture Oncology
Issue number19
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Raman spectroscopy
  • fluorescence-guided resection
  • intraoperative MRI
  • intraoperative ultrasound
  • optical coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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