Intraoperative 3-Tesla MRI in the management of paediatric cranial tumours-initial experience

Avula, Shivaram; Mallucci, Connor; Pizer, Barry; Garlick, Deborah; Crooks, Daniel; Abernethy, Laurence
February 2012
Pediatric Radiology;Feb2012, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p158
Academic Journal
Background: Intraoperative MRI (ioMRI) has been gaining recognition because of its value in the neurosurgical management of cranial tumours. There is limited documentation of its value in children. Objectives: To review the initial experience of a paediatric 3-Tesla ioMRI unit in the management of cranial tumours. Materials and methods: Thirty-eight children underwent ioMRI during 40 cranial tumour resections using a 3-Tesla MR scanner co-located with the neurosurgical operating theatre. IoMRI was performed to assess the extent of tumour resection and/or to update neuronavigation. The intraoperative and follow-up scans, and the clinical records were reviewed. Results: In 27/40 operations, complete resection was intended. IoMRI confirmed complete resection in 15/27 (56%). As a consequence, surgical resection was extended in 5/27 (19%). In 6/27 (22%), ioMRI was equivocal for residual tumour. In 13/40 (33%) operations, the surgical aim was to partially resect the tumour. In 7 of the 13 (54%), surgical resection was extended following ioMRI. Conclusion: In our initial experience, ioMRI has increased the rate of complete resection, with intraoperative surgical strategy being modified in 30% of procedures. Collaborative analysis of ioMRI by the radiologist and neurosurgeon is vital to avoid errors in interpretation.


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