Intraoperative MR Imaging in Neurosurgery

Clin Neuroradiol. 2015 Oct:25 Suppl 2:237-44. doi: 10.1007/s00062-015-0443-6. Epub 2015 Aug 11.


Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) has dramatically expanded and nowadays presents state-of-the-art technique for image-guided neurosurgery, facilitating critical precision and effective surgical treatment of various brain pathologies. Imaging hardware providing basic imaging sequences as well as advanced MRI can be seamlessly integrated into routine surgical environments, which continuously leads to emerging indications for iMRI-assisted surgery. Besides the obvious intraoperative diagnostic yield, the initial clinical benefits have to be confirmed by future-controlled long-term studies.

Keywords: Brain tumors; Deep brain stimulation; Epilepsy; Intraoperative MRI; Skull base.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / pathology*
  • Brain Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Monitoring, Intraoperative / methods*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / methods*
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods*