Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging in neurosurgery

Acta Radiol. 2007 Jun;48(5):540-9. doi: 10.1080/02841850701280858.


Intraoperatively magnetic resonance (MR)-guided neurosurgical operations have been done since 1996, mostly for brain tumors. Several different concepts for intraoperative MRI procedures using low-, middle-, and high-field MR scanners have been reported from pioneering neurosurgical centers. In this article, we present the different solutions used in these centers from a practical point of view. More thoroughly, we present our own concept and experience of 160 craniotomies since 1999 in an operation theater equipped with a low-field (0.23T) scanner, which can be turned on and off during surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / surgery*
  • Contrast Media
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Surgical Instruments


  • Contrast Media