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As part of your personalized treatment plan, your Hermelin Brain Tumor Center care team may recommend that you undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor. Any surgery comes with potential risks and can be a frightening experience. However, when it comes to your brain, this is even more true. Our minds help to shape who we are, and you may have concerns that brain surgery could affect your personality or ability to function.
Research has shown that removing more tumor tissue leads to a better surgical outcome. However, brain tumors are complex and may be located in areas of the brain where removal of healthy tissue could cause deficits. As part of the culture of safety at Henry Ford, the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center has worked to make brain tumor surgery as safe as possible, while helping to ensure the best possible outcome and highest quality of life.
Through innovative surgical technologies such as intraoperative MRI, we can more precisely identify your tumor and its relation to your vital brain centers, such as those that control speech, sensation, strength and vision.
The high-field intraoperative MRI (iMRI) at Henry Ford Hospital is the first of its kind in Michigan. This advanced system uses a magnetic field and radio waves to provide real-time, high-resolution imagery of your brain’s anatomy during surgery. Some benefits of iMRI and related technologies include:
Ultimately, this intraoperative MRI technology allows for unprecedented surgical precision during brain surgery, ensuring the most complete tumor removal in the safest manner possible.
Henry Ford also has used this technology to develop other innovative procedures for brain tumor surgery. For example, the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center team was the first in the United States to deliver a Trojan horse-like viral therapy to a brain tumor patient using intraoperative MRI guidance. This iMRI-guided viral therapy involves injecting into the tumor cavity a specifically engineered virus with the ability to attach to, enter and, ultimately, kill tumor cells without harming the neighboring normal brain cells. We have completed almost 400 cases within the suite since its opening in 2011.
Our team also is active in outcomes research and clinical trials, both of which help to ensure you receive the safest, most advanced surgical care while maintaining the highest quality of life.