Friday, July 31, 2009

Roadmap for the Brain |

"Doctors designed a computer program specifically for Stacy using four different imaging technologies -- MRI, functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging and CT angiography. Surgeons mapped out a 3-D image of the tumor and brain. With this clear picture, the tumor went from inoperable to treatable because doctors could see vital vessels and maneuver around them.

'The size of the tumor was so large that I needed to know where the arteries and veins were located,' John Tew, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, told Ivanhoe.

'This allows you to do basically sort of a virtual surgery before actually going in and doing the surgery on the patient,' James Leach, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, told Ivanhoe.

Doctors removed 90 percent of Stacy's tumor without harming healthy brain tissue. She was talking and walking the same night.

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4 comments:

  1. Technology is evolving so fast. This is very encouraging for people like Stacy who need their tumor removed and have doubts whether they will live or not.

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  2. I'm with on this one. In my mom's generation living until about 70 was the best that most people could expect. These days I've know people who are active into their 90's.

    Pretty cool.

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  3. Yes but i hope eventually in the future living will come to a halt at 100 haha

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  4. Talk to me when you're 96. ha!

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