To identify the exact location of the tumor and plan the brain surgery procedure, the neurosurgeon will order imaging tests as needed. The following are examples of imaging a patient might undergo:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computerized tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- Functional MRI (fMRI)
- Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
These images provide a road map to the best way to reach the patient’s tumor and see it in relationship to vital areas of the brain. The neurosurgeon will use the map to plan the procedure to avoid areas of the brain associated with key functions.
Learn more about advanced imaging and surgical techniques used during brain surgery.