Intraoperative MR, an imaging technology which only used at Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital in Turkey, facilitates the complete removal of the tumor by providing images during brain surgery. It thus eliminates the risk of that a second operation would be required, due to tumor residues.
Advantages of 3-Tesla MR:
- Generates more robust information
Than low-Tesla systems The 3-Tesla MR device generates faster data with higher resolution during and after the operation, and provides physicians with more reliable information than that obtained from low-Tesla MR systems. The device achieves this thanks to its strong magnetic field. By generating a magnetic field twice as strong as the magnetic field of the 1.5-Tesla MR device, which had been used previously, it receives more signals from tissues.
- Works more rapidly
The 3-Tesla MR device works much more rapidly than other devices. This is especially important during brain surgery. The system allows the surgeon to take images during the operation at the required moment without waking the patient and without closing the surgical area. In particular, it addresses surgeons’ concerns that they cannot obtain correct information on the size and direction of the tumor if it is in a place difficult to reach. The chances of the operation’s success improve as images may be evaluated during the operation.
- Eliminates the risk of a second operation
Various risks may arise in operations in which intraoperative MR is not used. In these operations, residues cannot be identified due to the fact that they are so small that they cannot be seen with a microscope, or they are of the same color as the brain tissue. As such, there is a 30-40% probability of residues being left over in brain tumor operations. The patient is taken into intensive care after the operation. The determination of whether or not residues are present may be taken on the basis of MR images taken 24 hours after the period of intensive care. In the event that any residues are identified in the MR, a second operation will take place. Here, thanks to its intraoperative feature, a second operation is not required as residues may be fully identified and removed during the operation.
- Zero probability of residues
Thanks to the 3-Tesla MR device, there is no chance of residues being left in the brain after the operation. All residues that may be omitted are identified with the images the device takes. Thus, the surgeon has reliable information when it comes to removing these residues as well. One of the worst results of leaving residues is that the tumor may grow again from these residues. The growing tumor may compromise the patient’s quality of life or even threaten the patient’s life again. Another satisfactory result of the complete removal of the tumor is further delays the recurrence of malign brain tumors.
- Accurate identification of operation area
- Operation-related side effects are eliminated