Non-invasive intraoperative optical coherence tomography of the resection cavity during surgery of intrinsic brain tumors

A. Giese*, H. J. Böhringer, J. Leppert, S. R. Kantelhardt, E. Lankenau, P. Koch, R. Birngruber, G. Hüttmann

*Corresponding author for this work


Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique with a micrometer resolution. It allows noncontact / non-invasive analysis of central nervous system tissues with a penetration depth of 1-3,5 mm reaching a spatial resolution of approximately 4-15 μm. We have adapted spectral-domain OCT (SD-OCT) and time-domain OCT (TD-OCT) for intraoperative detection of residual tumor during brain tumor surgery. Human brain tumor tissue and areas of the resection cavity were analyzed during the resection of gliomas using this new technology. The site of analysis was registered using a neuronavigation system and biopsies were taken and submitted to routine histology. We have used post image acquisition processing to compensate for movements of the brain and to realign A-scan images for calculation of a light attenuation factor. OCT imaging of normal cortex and white matter showed a typical light attenuation profile. Tumor tissue depending on the cellularity of the specimen showed a loss of the normal light attenuation profile resulting in altered light attenuation coefficients compared to normal brain. Based on this parameter and the microstructure of the tumor tissue, which was entirely absent in normal tissue, OCT analysis allowed the discrimination of normal brain tissue, invaded brain, solid tumor tissue, and necrosis. Following macroscopically complete resections OCT analysis of the resection cavity displayed the typical microstructure and light attenuation profile of tumor tissue in some specimens, which in routine histology contained microscopic residual tumor tissue. We have demonstrated that this technology may be applied to the intraoperative detection of residual tumor during resection of human gliomas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics II
Number of pages8
Publication date22.02.2006
Article number60782Z
ISBN (Print)978-081946120-9
Publication statusPublished - 22.02.2006
EventPhotonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics II - San Jose, United States
Duration: 21.01.200624.01.2006
Conference number: 67201

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Biomedical Engineering


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