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Brain tumours: three ways medical devices are used for diagnosis
15 Mar 2024 | Words by Star People

March is brain tumour awareness month. According to Brain Tumour Research, around 16,000 people are diagnosed each year in the UK, highlighting the significant burden of the condition, and emphasising the importance of timely and accurate diagnosis.

Diagnosis has been significantly enhanced by the global advancement of medical devices and imaging technologies, as these devices play a crucial role in their early detection, localisation, and characterisation, enabling prompt and effective treatment interventions.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI is one of the most widely used medical devices in brain tumour diagnosis, utilising powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain’s internal structures.

These images can reveal the presence, location, and size of brain tumours with exceptional clarity. Additionally, advanced MRI techniques, such as diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), and perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI), provide valuable information about the tumour’s characteristics, including its aggressiveness and potential spread.

According to Brain Tumour Research, around 16,000 people are diagnosed each year in the UK

Computed Tomography

CT scanners use X-ray technology to generate cross-sectional images of the brain, allowing for the detection of tumours and other abnormalities. While generally less detailed than MRI for brain imaging, they can be particularly useful in cases where MRI is contraindicated, or when evaluating certain types of brain tumours.

Positron Emission Tomography

PET scans play a crucial role in the diagnosis and staging of brain tumours. This imaging technique involves the injection of a radioactive tracer, which is then detected by the PET scanner. PET scans can provide valuable information about the metabolic activity and biochemical characteristics of brain tumours, aiding in their accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

Other medical devices such as Stereotactic biopsy systems are used in the diagnosis of brain tumours. These allow for the precise sampling of tumour tissue for pathological analysis, and use advanced imaging guidance and specialised instruments to obtain tissue samples from deep within the brain with minimal disruption to surrounding healthy tissue.

Diagnosis has been significantly enhanced by the global advancement of medical devices and imaging technologies

Furthermore, intraoperative imaging devices, such as intraoperative MRI and ultrasound, are employed during brain tumour surgery to provide real-time guidance to neurosurgeons. These devices help in the accurate localisation of tumours, ensuring precise resection while minimising damage to healthy brain tissue.

The use of medical devices in brain tumour diagnosis has revolutionised the field of neuro-oncology. As technology continues to advance, the future holds promise for even more sophisticated medical devices that will further enhance our ability to diagnose and treat brain tumours effectively.

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