Friedrich K. Albert

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OBJECTIVE The benefits of intraoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for diagnostic and therapeutic measures are as follows: 1) intraoperative update of data sets for navigational systems, 2) intraoperative resection control of brain tumors, and 3) frameless and frame-based on-line MR-guided interventions. The concept of an intraoperative MR scanner in(More)
We report on the first successful intraoperative update of interactive image guidance based on an intraoperatively acquired magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) date set. To date, intraoperative imaging methods such as ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), or MRI have not been successfully used to update interactive navigation. We developed a method of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Persistently elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) has been associated with poor clinical outcome after severe brain injury, such as neurotrauma, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoidal hemorrhage. Although ICP monitoring is increasingly being used in intensive care treatment of patients with ischemic stroke, its value has not(More)
The objective of our study was to determine the frequency of EGF-receptor-gene rearrangement in relation to tumour-growth behaviour in an unselected group of glioma patients. We investigated 73 glial tumours with different grades of malignancy (17 low-grade gliomas, 14 anaplastic variants, and 42 GBM) by Southern analysis, reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR)(More)
AIM Duplication of 7q34 resulting in generation of BRAF-KIAA1549 fusion transcripts is a characteristic event in pilocytic astrocytoma that may also aid distinction from diffuse astrocytic tumours. As data on BRAF-KIAA1549 fusion transcript status remain mainly limited to children, we aimed to examine the diagnostic value of BRAF-KIAA1549 fusion transcripts(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Focal encephalitis may be associated with brain edema, which is often fatal. The control of intracranial pressure (ICP) is therefore crucial for further therapeutic strategies in space-occupying edema following encephalitis. However, aggressive treatment strategies such as hemicraniectomy have not been described in a larger series(More)
Intraoperative shifts and resulting inaccuracies have been a concern in frame based and frameless stereotactically guided interventions, particularly in open microsurgical procedures. Trying to solve this problem, we developed a method to perform intraoperative MRI (0.2 tesla, Magnetom Open) and use intraoperatively acquired data sets to update(More)
PURPOSE To optimize the timing of CT and MR after glioblastoma resection and to define the pattern of tumor regrowth. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Sixty-eight patients with glioblastoma were studied prospectively with CT and MR. The first postoperative scan was obtained between day 1 and day 5; follow-up scans were obtained bimonthly. RESULTS Residual tumor was(More)
Neuronavigation, today a routine method in neurosurgery, has not yet been systematically assessed in direct comparison with conventional microsurgical techniques. The aim of the present study was the direct comparison of the impact of neuronavigation on glioblastoma surgery regarding time consumption, extent of tumor removal and survival. For each of 52(More)
In the vast majority of studies that address the role of surgery in the management of high-grade gliomas, the degree of tumor removal accomplished is solely based on the intraoperative perception of the neurosurgeon. Despite its fundamental importance for a comparison of different treatment modalities, little systematic effort has been made to evaluate the(More)