New Technique Slashes Diagnosis Time During Brain Surgery
A new approach to the practice of surgical pathology for brain tumor patients could make for a powerful combination: more accurate, safer and more efficient operations. Neurosurgeons and pathologists at Michigan Medicine are the first to execute stimulated Raman histology, a method that improves speed and diagnostic efficiency, in an operating room. The researchers imaged tissue from 101 neurosurgical patients using conventional methods and the new method. Both techniques, they found, produced accurate results but the new method was much faster. That, if applied widely, could change the pace and structure of an operation. “By achieving excellent image quality in fresh tissues, we’re able to make a diagnosis during surgery,” says first author Daniel A. Orringer, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. “This eliminates the lengthy process of sending tissues out of the OR for processing and interpretation.”
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