Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has recently gained importance, not only for planning of neurosurgical approaches, but also as a subcortical adjunct to functional MR image data for intraoperative neuro-navigation. The workshop uniquely combines cadaver dissection of white matter fiber tracts with hands on DTI-tractography training.
This course is aimed at neurosurgeons who want to get acquainted with the white matter tract anatomy and with DTI-tractography of the human brain.
The main objective of the course is practical training both on human cadaver specimens and on a DTI Tractography system. The number of participants is limited to 14 for whom a sufficient number of tutors will be provided. Each day commences with microscopic cadaver dissection introduced by anatomical and surgical experts. The afternoon is dedicated to hands-on fiber-tracking with special emphasis on its application for surgical planning and intraoperative navigation. StealthDTI® tractography and navigation systems are provided in collaboration with the Medtronic Company. A dedicated part of the course covers 3D visualization techniques and their application for neurosurgical planning using the StealthViz® software tool.