The aim in brain tumor surgery is maximal tumor resection with minimal damage of normal neuronal tissue. Today diagnosis of tumor and definition of tumor borders intraoperatively is based on various visualization methods as well as on the histopathologic examination of a limited number of biopsy specimens via frozen sections. Unfortunately, intraoperative histopathology bears several shortcomings, and many biopsies are inconclusive. Therefore, the desirable treatment could be to have the ability to identify intraoperative cellular structures, and differentiate tumor from normal functional brain tissue on a cellular level. To achieve this goal new technological equipment integrated with new surgical concepts is needed.Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (CLE) is an imaging technique which provides microscopic information of tissue in real-time. We are able to use these technique to perform intraoperative “optical biopsies” in bringing the microscope inside to the patients brain through miniaturized fiber-optic probes, and allow real-time histopathology.
In our knowledge we are worldwide the only one neurosurgical group using CLE intraoperative for brain tumor surgery. We can detect and characterize intraoperative tumor cells, providing immediate online diagnosis without the need for frozen sections. It also provides delineation of borders between tumor and normal tissue on a cellular level, making surgical margins more accurate than ever before. The applications of CLE-assisted neurosurgery help to accurate the therapy by extending the resection borders and protecting the functionality of normal brain tissue in critical eloquent areas.
Cleopatra Charalampaki, "Confocal laser endomicroscopy for brain tumor surgery: a milestone journey from microscopy to cellular surgery (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10060, Optical Biopsy XV: Toward Real-Time Spectroscopic Imaging and Diagnosis, 100600E (Presented at SPIE BiOS: January 31, 2017; Published: 1 May 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256457.5409309129001.
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