New technology is improving the safety and effectiveness of brain tumor surgeryThe future looks bright for neurosurgeons around the world as lightwave technology is forecasted to improve brain tumor surgery. Scientists are testing lightwaves for cancerous tissue detection accuracy during neurosurgery through never-before-conducted research. Lightwaves, if precise and successful, map out a positive avenue of recovery for patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Today, the prognosis for GBM survival is less than 18 months, even with aggressive treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology this year, the study could change everything.

A competitive tool called Raman spectroscopy was handpicked by scientists to complete the study for its precision capabilities and portability. The Raman was able to generate wavelength signatures for 40 frozen GBM-corrupted brain tissues, identifying healthy brain tissue, GBM and dead tissue. The research team then attempted to design a database and a statistical analysis algorithm of the data. Their end goal is to develop a tool, similar to the Raman, which will generate a real-time diagnosis during brain tumor surgery.

Lead author and neurosurgeon Steven N. Kalkanis, MD, confidently stated, “When developed, it would be the first of its kind in the world for this sort of brain tumor application.” Patients with GBM all across the world will have the chance for a longer life. Further testing and research is needed to develop such a high-tech tool. Neurosurgery is an ever-changing field in which scientists delve deep into research to discover and create new methods of surgery, new technology and new treatments to help patients live longer.

GBM can carve out a rocky road for anyone, but the idea is to trust that your doctors can help you reach pristine health and a state of well-being once more. Put your trust in our IGEA neurosurgeons to help renew your passion for living with innovative neurosurgical solutions and techniques to remove tumors and other dangerous abnormalities in the brain. We use the best technology available so that you experience a great recovery, with little to no pain and struggle.

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