Treatment with the fluorescent microscope at the Clínica
The complete removal of a tumor is critical to the length and quality of life of those affected by malignant brain tumors.
Malignant gliomas are tumors that offer a very bad prognosis and very low survival rates. A complete removal is the best way to ensure that the patient will be able to tolerate the radiotherapy and chemotherapy, thus giving him better options.
This sophisticated technique also requires using the most advanced technology during surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible while leaving important areas of the brain undamaged.
Its successful implementation requires using it alongside a surgical navigation system and neurophysiological monitoring. This is why the European Medicines Agency mandates that neurosurgeons take a specific course before using the microscope.
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The fluorescence module built into the microscope allows the surgeon to alternate between a normal and fluorescent view of the brain region being operated on 1-2 seconds after flipping a switch.
This provides a real-time view in two contrasting colors, blue for the brain and red for the growing tumor cells.
Because of these features, the fluorescent light technique is regarded as the most promising for this application.
Data suggest that it is more accurate for detecting tumor infiltration than an intraoperative MRI, which was until now considered the best way to maximize tumor resection. Fluorescence can see cells mixed in with the brain tissue surrounding the tumor.
An intraoperative MRI requires a one hour stop of the surgery every time progress in the surgery needs to be checked up.