At Mayo Clinic, skilled surgeons use high-resolution (high-field) intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) to clearly see brain tumors while performing surgery. Use of iMRI during tumor removal surgery greatly reduces the risk of damaging other parts of the brain and helps confirm successful removal of the entire tumor.

Mayo Clinic's experienced surgeons can use iMRI to remove brain tumors and pituitary tumors with greater accuracy and safety. They also use iMRI to place deep brain stimulator systems — medical devices implanted to send electric impulses to specific parts of the brain. Deep brain stimulator systems can be used to treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, neuropsychiatric disorders and epilepsy.

  • Expertise and experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic's experienced and highly trained neurosurgeons perform iMRI on many people with brain tumors, which aids in discovering any part of the tumor that might remain and otherwise be overlooked.
  • Latest research. Specialists at Mayo Clinic continue to develop new techniques for using iMRI to improve surgery outcomes, such as combining electrophysiologic brain mapping — also called EPM or functional brain mapping — with iMRI for glioblastoma surgery. Mayo Clinic is one of the select institutions worldwide that reports using this technique.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

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At Mayo Clinic in Florida, specialists in neurosurgery and radiology use intraoperative MRI to ensure the best treatment for people with brain tumors and other neurological disorders.

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At Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, specialists in neurosurgery and radiology use intraoperative MRI to ensure the best treatment for people with brain tumors and other neurological disorders.

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Specialists at Mayo Clinic continue to develop new ways to use intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) to improve surgery outcomes, such as combining electrophysiologic brain mapping also called functional brain mapping with iMRI for glioblastoma surgery. Mayo Clinic is one of the few institutions worldwide that reports using this technique.

Researchers also are combining iMRI with other novel imaging techniques, such as fluorescence-guided surgery. In addition, use of iMRI may help cancer research in chemotherapy by allowing surgeons to more closely see the effect of drugs on the tumor site.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on iMRI on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Oct. 03, 2011