New treatment with brain 'sat nav' to help remove tumours


New treatment with brain 'sat nav' to help remove tumours

Health experts said that a new brain 'satnav' will allow surgeons to reach and remove tumours that were inoperable earlier and without damaging the healthy tissue.

Experts said that NHS surgeons are using the treatment to remove tumours that were once inoperable. The doctors in the country have said that the treatment including state-of-the-art equipment will significantly improve survival rates from brain cancer. In the new treatment, the surgeons use intraoperative MRI scanner along with a sophisticated brain mapping equipment in order to determine if they have removed the entire brain tumour while still in theatre.

The surgeons are also able to know precisely where a tumour is and ensuring that the healthy issues are damaged in the procedure. Two young patients have already benefitted from the new operating procedure at Sheffield Children's Hospital. Doctors are now aiming to offer the treatment for children across the country while also developing the treatment for adults.

HeshamZaki, head of the department of paediatric neurosurgery, said, "The fact we can use the MRI scanner during the surgery is a real step-change.We scan the patient that we are operating on with their skull still open and the operation still ongoing.The MRI images mean that we can be sure the tumour has been completely removed and nothing has been left behind before we finish the operation."He also said that the treatment will help increase survival rates from brain cancer.

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