MRI and the Surgical Treatment of Low Grade Gliomas

  • J. Brotchi
  • D. Baleriaux
  • F. Delecluse
Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 52)


The advent of CT Scan has revolutionized the diagnosis of gliomas, particularly those of low grade. The discovery of such lesions at very early stages, before the appearance of clinical deficits or of radiological signs of compression, has thus allowed surgical treatment that could hopefully be curative in certain cases. However, CT Scan images of ≪ benign ≫ gliomas are often caracterized by a poorly limited hypodensity, making the presurgical evaluation of the limits of the area to be removed very delicate. Furthermore, during the operation itself, we are often made aware of the difficulty in distinguishing the boundaries of these tumors imbedded in the white matter.

Key words

MRI low-grade gliomas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Brotchi
    • 1
  • D. Baleriaux
    • 2
  • F. Delecluse
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryErasme Hospital, Free University of BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of NeuroradiologyErasme Hospital, Free University of BrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyErasme Hospital, Free University of BrusselsBelgium

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