Contour map of head and tumour for brain surgery

Contour map of head and tumour for brain surgery

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This image is part of the feature Virtual Brain Surgery

Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Brain tumour. Three-dimensional contour map of a patient's head in front view, showing a brain tumour (green). This virtual reality image is used for computer-aided brain surgery. The red line shows a surgical route to the tumour. In computer- aided brain surgery many MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans are taken of the brain. These are programmed into a powerful MKM stereotaxic micro- scope which plots the position of the tumour, then maps it in 3-D virtual reality. The surgeon looks into the microscope and is guided where to cut and how to avoid delicate brain tissue. When the tumour is reached it is destroyed by a laser on the microscope that is operated by a joystick.

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Keywords: brain, brain surgery, brain tumour, cancer imaging, cancerous, computer aided brain surgery, computer-aided, condition, contour map, disease, disorder, healthcare, image, malignancy, malignant, medical, medicine, microscope, mkm, mkm microscope, neurosurgery, tumour

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