Stereotaxic surgery with a magnetic resonance- and computerized tomography-compatible system

L. D. Lunsford, A. J. Martinez, Richard E Latchaw

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Modern stereotaxic surgery is dependent upon compatible advanced imaging tools, including computerized tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The authors describe three cases in which the patients underwent stereotaxic surgery for mass lesions identified by both MR imaging and CT scans. Identical target coordinates were defined by both techniques, and accuracy was confirmed by intraoperative CT. In comparison to stereotaxic CT, MR provided superior contrast resolution, allowed direct multiplanar imaging and target determination, and permitted accurate correlation of the image with histological features. The operative set-up and technique are described. Stereotaxic surgery with MR imaging may permit more accurate histopathological definition of tumor margins and ultimately lead to better dosimetry for therapeutic procedures such as interstitial brachytherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)872-878
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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