From atom to brain: Applications of molecular imaging to neurosurgery

Alexander Taghva, Alexander A. Khalessi, Paul E. Kim, Charles Y. Liu, Michael L.J. Apuzzo

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Abstract

Molecular imaging is a field born out of the happy marriage of molecular biology and radiology. The first installment of this two-part series on molecular imaging demonstrated basic principles for practitioners in the field of the neurosciences. This installment seeks to provide some illustrative examples, insights, and specific applications to the neurosciences. The fields of functional neurosurgery including the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, novel treatments and imaging of tumors, neuroregenerative medicine, and nanotechnology in vascular disorders are covered. Finally, we give some parting thoughts on the future of molecular imaging, including advances in the imaging of neurodegenerative disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Volume73
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Molecular imaging
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Quantum dots
  • Stereotactic neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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