Scientific article

Surgical anatomy and functional connectivity of the limbic system

Published inNeurosurgical focus, vol. 27, no. 2, E3
Publication date2009

OBJECT: The goal in this study was to highlight the potential of currently available imaging techniques for surgical planning of procedures in and around the limbic system. METHODS: The authors review traditional and newer imaging techniques as applied to neurosurgical planning. Today MR imaging techniques play a preponderant role. The various applications of functional techniques such as diffusion weighted, diffusion tensor, perfusion, and functional MR imaging methods are discussed. RESULTS: In addition to the high-resolution studies of anatomy that can be acquired, especially at higher field strengths ( ≥ 3 T), MR imaging now also offers the possibility of acquiring functional, metabolic, hemodynamic, and molecular information on normal and pathological brain processes. CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge obtained using the various imaging techniques contributes substantially to understanding the disease processes in a way that drastically improves surgical planning.

  • Brain Mapping
  • Brain Neoplasms/diagnosis/pathology/*surgery
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging/methods
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Limbic System/*anatomy & histology/pathology/*surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging/*methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Neural Pathways/anatomy & histology/pathology
  • Neurosurgical Procedures/methods
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Preoperative Care
Citation (ISO format)
LÖVBLAD, Karl-Olof, SCHALLER, Karl Lothard. Surgical anatomy and functional connectivity of the limbic system. In: Neurosurgical focus, 2009, vol. 27, n° 2, p. E3. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.FOCUS09103
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ISSN of the journal1092-0684

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