Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons discuss the most advanced treatments and the future of brain tumor therapy.
Stealth navigation enables neuroradiologists to import high-tech images and information related to brain function around the tumor into software to help guide neurosurgeons in the operating room.
Mayo Clinic has been a pioneer in the use of intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and awake mapping techniques so that surgeons may remove as much of the brain tumor as possible while preserving function in the brain.
New surgical technologies include confocal imaging and Raman spectroscopy to help care teams visualize a tumor down to the cell level. Fluorescent imaging also helps surgeons see the tumor in color during surgery so that they may distinguish tumor tissue from healthy brain tissue.
Augmented reality and holography help surgeons plan for and complete surgery by overlaying information related to the patient's brain and biological function.
3D printing helps patients understand their tumor and the upcoming operation. Mayo Clinic invests in the latest equipment, including 7-tesla MRI, which allows for greater resolution imaging of the brain.
These new imaging technologies help surgeons innovate their approaches. Mayo Clinic specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques to help improve patient recovery times.
Through research, clinical trials and technology, Mayo Clinic is consistently advancing the future of brain tumor care.