What is image-guided stereotactic surgery?
Stereotactic surgery, also known as stereotaxy, uses advanced computer technology to detect brain tumors and creates a three-dimensional image of the tumor.
Stereotactic surgery uses intraoperative monitoring (monitoring of the brain during surgery) that enables a neurosurgeon to precisely locate the the tumor and determine the most effective way to remove it safely. Stereotactic surgery enables the neurosurgeon to see the brain during surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damaging vital nearby structures.
Stereotactic surgery can be extremely useful for tumors located deep inside the brain. The CyberKnife is an example of stereotactic radiosurgery.
There are many types of brain cancers and tumors treated with image-guided stereotactic surgery.