Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Brain Surgery Mapping Technique = Increased Survival

According to yesterday’s article in ScienceDaily.com, an imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), can now help neurosurgeons to better adapt brain tumor surgeries and preserve language, visual and motor function while removing cancerous tissue.
ScienceDaily was reporting on the latest issue of Neurosurgical Focus, in which researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reviewed research showing that “…this ability to visualize relevant white matter tracts during glioma resection surgeries can improve accuracy and, in some groups, significantly extend survival (median survival of 21.2 months) compared to cases where DTI was not used (median survival of 14 months).”

The good news is that this extends the median survival rate by over substantially (+50%) on a percentage basis. The bad news is that the survival rate (Length? Expectancy?) is still awfully damn low.

For more info on this technique, here’s a link to the ScienceDaily.com article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130401120915.htm


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