Integration of functional brain mapping in image-guided neurosurgery. Academic Article uri icon


  • Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) brain mapping was performed in 90 patients with lesions associated with eloquent sensorimotor cortex. The MEG-derived sensorimotor mapping information was utilised for risk analysis and planning. Subsequently, these patients underwent either stereotactic volumetric resection, stereotactic biopsy or non-surgical management of their lesions. In seventeen patients, the MEG sensorimotor localization was integrated into an operative stereotactic database (consisting of CT, MRI and digital angiography) to be used in an interactive fashion during computer-assisted stereotactic volumetric resection procedures. The spatial relationship between the MEG derived functional anatomy, the structural/radiological anatomy and the pathology could then be viewed simultaneously, thereby affording a safer trajectory and approach. In addition, the real-time availability of functional mapping information in an interactive fashion helped reduce surgical risk and minimise functional morbidity. All of these patients had resection of their lesions with no change in their neurological status. In conclusion, MEG is a non-invasive, accurate, and reproducible method for pre-operative assessment of patients with lesions associated with eloquent sensory and motor cortex. The interactive use of MEG functional mapping in the operating room can allow for a safer approach and resection of these eloquent cortex lesions.

publication date

  • 1997