Christos Trantakis

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OBJECTIVES A number of different image-guided surgical techniques have been developed during the past decade. None of these methods can provide the surgeon with information about the dynamic changes that occur intra-operatively. MATERIAL AND METHOD The first vertical open 0.5T MRI-scanner for intra-operative MRI-guided neurosurgery in Germany was(More)
Patients with supratentorial high-grade glioma underwent surgery within a vertically open 0.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) system to evaluate the efficacy of intraoperative MR guidance in achieving gross-total resection. For 31 patients, preoperative clinical data and MR findings were consistent with the putative diagnosis of a high-grade glioma, in 23 cases(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Length of survival of patients with low-grade glioma correlates with the extent of tumor resection. These tumors, however, are difficult to distinguish intraoperatively from normal brain tissue, often leading to incomplete resection. Our goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of intraoperative MR guidance in achieving gross-total(More)
OBJECTIVES Preservation of brain function while maximizing resection is the main aim of brain tumour surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging to preserve brain function in patients with tumours in or near eloquent brain areas. METHODS AND MATERIAL Between August 1997 and January 1999(More)
We present a full featured surgery simulator for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) in an interactive grid environment. The basic ventriculostomy simulator introduced previously has been extended with new 3D models and animation methods for raising the simulation realism. It enables full haptic interaction with textured deformable models of a(More)
Intraoperative 3D ultrasound (3D-iUS) may enhance the quality of neuronavigation by adding information about brain shift and tumor remnants. The aim of our study was to prove the concept of 3D ultrasound on the basis of technical and human effects. A 3D-ultrasound navigation system consisting of a standard personal computer containing a video grabber card(More)
A 26-year-old patient underwent endoscopic third ventriculostomy for the treatment of obstructive hydrocephalus. 3D volume data sets were obtained at 3 T before surgery and three times after surgery. Off-line analysis of individual imaging data (initial linear registration, intensity adjustment, and final nonlinear registration of pre- to postoperative MR(More)
Designing multimodal visualizations combining anatomical and functional brain data is a demanding task. Jainek et al. [1] applied illustrative rendering techniques to obtain a high-quality representation of the location and characteristic of brain activation areas (derived from MRI and fMRI). Here, we present the integration of DTI data into this system.(More)
OBJECTIVE Spheno-orbital meningiomas represent a delicate subtype of intracranial meningiomas involving the sphenoid wing, orbit and important neurovascular structures such as cavernous sinus, carotid artery or optic nerve. Insidious and aggressive dural, bone and orbital involvement contains several defiances to adequate resection, which provides high(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluating surgical practice in the operating room is difficult, and its assessment is largely subjective. OBJECTIVE Recording of standardized spine surgery processes was conducted to ascertain whether any significant differences in surgical practice could be observed between senior and junior neurosurgeons. METHODS Twenty-four procedures of(More)