Developed a new technology for brain cancer surgery
One of the challenges with brain cancer is the precise surgery required to effectively remove a tumour. Neurosurgeons rely on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the extent of a tumour’s spread and help them plan their approach, however traditional MRI cannot provide full information on the function of the areas of the brain that have been invaded by cancer.
Dr Simon Graham and his team have developed a new tablet-based technology involving functional MRI, which allows surgeons to better plan and operate on brain tumours while sparing normal tissue. While this project is still in early stages, the approach has already had a clinical impact as it has been used by surgeons to assist with tumour removal for several patients.