An important goal of the Division of Translational Imaging is to quickly bring new advances from the “Bench to the Bedside.” One area in which we are making progress is in surgical planning MRI. By utilizing such techniques as functional MRI (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons can identify important structures of the brain related to language, movement, and vision. This information allows them to make informed decisions about treatment options and determine the safest approach to remove the tumor.
Initial studies at St. Jude have shown that pediatric neurosurgeons have benefited from the additional information provided by these kinds of techniques. This work was highlighted in Promise magazine, Winter 2004, page 8.