The primary endpoint in neurosurgical oncology is preserving the functional integrity of eloquent areas while maximizing surgical resection. Therefore, neurosurgical planning and oncological strategies should take into count the onco-functional balance to reach the maximal safe resection (MSR) of the tumor. Preserving crucial brain function is directly correlated with an increasing quality of life, especially in high-grade gliomas. In this context, advanced image-guided surgical strategies such as intraoperative-MRI, resting-state fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and intraoperative ultrasound are progressively establishing their role as fundamental tools in neuro-oncology.
This special issue aims to focus on pre-surgical and peri-operative image strategies able to assist the surgeon to reach the MSR, looking on the quality of life of neurosurgical patients.
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Grasso and Dr. Fabio Torregrossa
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