The role of diffusion tensor imaging in brain tumor surgery: A review of the literature

Adriaan R. E. Potgieser*, Michiel Wagemakers, Arjen L. J. van Hulzen, Bauke M. de Jong, Eelco W. Hoving, Rob J. M. Groen

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    Abstract

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a recent technique that utilizes diffusion of water molecules to make assumptions about white matter tract architecture of the brain. Early on, neurosurgeons recognized its potential value in neurosurgical planning, as it is the only technique that offers the possibility for in vivo visualization of white matter tracts. In this review we give an overview of the current advances made with this technique in neurosurgical practice. The effect of brain shift and the limitations of the technique are highlighted, followed by a comprehensive discussion on its objective value. Although there are many limitations and pitfalls associated with this technique, DTI can provide valuable additional diagnostic information to the neurosurgeon. We conclude that current evidence supports a role for DTI in the multimodal navigation during tumor surgery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-58
    Number of pages8
    JournalClinical neurology and neurosurgery
    Volume124
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept-2014

    Keywords

    • Diffusion tensor imaging
    • Tractography
    • Glioma
    • Neuronavigation
    • WHITE-MATTER TRACTS
    • MAGNETIC-RESONANCE TRACTOGRAPHY
    • INTEGRATED FUNCTIONAL NEURONAVIGATION
    • SUBCORTICAL ELECTRICAL-STIMULATION
    • SPACE-OCCUPYING LESIONS
    • TEMPORAL-LOBE RESECTION
    • FIBER-TRACKING
    • CORTICOSPINAL TRACT
    • PYRAMIDAL TRACT
    • WATER DIFFUSION

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