Surgical Procedures for Brain Tumors
- Stimulating brain tissue with tiny electrical currents
- Measuring brain waves as they are stimulated
- Using ultrasound probes inside or near brain structures
- Probing the brain with special computerized devices
- Using special MRI techniques, such as functional MRI
- Positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
- Magnetoencephalogram (MEG) to localize motor, sensory, and language function
Additional Surgical Procedures
- Thermal destruction instruments such as lasers—can be placed in the exact spot to destroy tumor tissue
- Ultrasonic aspiration—breaks up tumor tissue and removes it from the brain; some tumors are most efficiently removed this way with less damage to normal brain tissue
- Internal sources of radiation or medications—can be administered within the tumor cavity
Brain tumor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated May 28, 2013. Accessed June 4, 2013.
Brain tumor. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain . Accessed June 4, 2013.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/05/2013 -
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