The Modern Brain Tumor Operating Room: from Standard Essentials to Current State-of-the-Art

Brain Tumor Institute and Department of Neurosurgery, The Taussig Cancer Center, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.07). 08/2004; 69(1-3):25-33. DOI: 10.1023/B:NEON.0000041869.45136.34
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It is just over a century since successful brain tumor resection. Since then the diagnosis, imaging, and management of brain tumors have improved, in large part due to technological advances. Similarly, the operating room (OR) for brain tumor surgery has increased in complexity and specificity with multiple forms of equipment now considered necessary as technical adjuncts. It is evident that the theme of minimalism in combination with advanced image-guidance techniques and a cohort of sophisticated technologies (e.g., robotics and nanotechnology) will drive changes in the current OR environment for the foreseeable future. In this report we describe what may be regarded today as standard essentials in an operating room for the surgical management of brain tumors and what we believe to be the current 'state-of-the-art' brain tumor OR. Also, we speculate on the additional capabilities of the brain tumor OR of the near future.

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