Advancements in radiology and imaging combined with the increasing use of robotics and computers in neurosurgery have dramatically changed the way physicians treat brain tumors. Steven Chang, MD, director of the Stanford Neurogenetics Program and the Stanford Neuromolecular Innovation Program, offers an overview of these revolutionizing techniques in this Stanford Health Care video.
During the lecture, Change provides specific examples of how cutting-edge technologies and therapies have improved patient outcomes. One such technology is intraoperative MRI (iMRI), which allows surgeons to image the patient while on the operating room table to achieve a more complete removal of the brain tumor. He also addresses how radiosurgery can overcome challenges in treating tumors near the optic nerve, which pose a threat to individuals’ vision, or in other high-risk cases, such as patients likely to experience cardiac complications during or after surgery. Watch the full talk to learn more about what the future of neurosurgery holds.