Ferenc Jolesz
Harvard Medical School

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGE GUIDED NEUROSURGERY

Of all the advances in imaging science in the past twenty years, none has had a greater impact than Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Since its introduction as a diagnostic tool in the mid-1980's, MRI has evolved into the premier neuroimaging modality, and with the addition of higher field magnets, we are able to achieve spatial resolution of such superb quality that even the most exquisite details of the brain anatomy can be visualized. With the implementation of intraoperative neurosurgical, MRI, we can not only monitor brain shifts and deformations; we can achieve intraoperative navigation using intraoperative image updates. In the future intraoperative, MRI can be used not only to localize, target, and resect brain tumors and other lesions but also to fully comprehend the surrounding cortical and white matter functional anatomy. In addition to the inclusion of new imaging methods such as diffusion tensor imaging, new therapeutic methods will be applied. Especially encouraging are the promising results in MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery, in which the non-invasive thermal ablation of tumors is monitored and controlled by MRI. With the clinical introduction of these advances, intraoperative MRI is changing the face of neurosurgery today.