January 2021 Issue of Neurosurgical Focus: “Operative Imaging and Visualization”

Charlottesville, VA (January 1, 2021). The January issue of Neurosurgical Focus (Vol. 50, No. 1 [https://thejns.org/focus/view/journals/neurosurg-focus/50/1/neurosurg-focus.50.issue-1.xml]) examines current and future operative imaging and visualization techniques. The articles come from 11 countries.

In their introduction to this month’s issue, the topic editors—Paul Larson, Peter Nakaji, Walter Stummer, and John Pollina—state:

“This issue of Neurosurgical Focus explores the next generation of operative imaging and visualization techniques. New surgical planning tools show promise for improving patient safety and surgical efficiency. Visualization techniques such as intraoperative fluorescence and advanced neuroendoscopy can provide real-time feedback during demanding intracranial and spinal procedures. Finally, the advent of augmented reality gives surgeons the potential for an environment in which imaging and direct visualization can coexist in an immersive, unobtrusive way.”


Contents of the January issue 

  • “Introduction. Operative imaging and visualization: cutting edge techniques and future directions" by Paul Larson et al.
  • “Editorial. Neurosurgical planning in a low-resource setting using free open-source three-dimensional volume-rendering software" by Oliver Ryan M. Malilay et al.
  • “Endoscope-assisted fluorescence-guided resection allowing supratotal removal in glioblastoma surgery" by Christoph Bettag et al.
  • “Applications of indocyanine green in brain tumor surgery: review of clinical evidence and emerging technologies" by Clare W. Teng et al.
  • “Intraoperative surveillance of the vertebral artery using indocyanine green angiography and Doppler sonography in craniovertebral junction surgeries" by Dong Hoon Lee et al.
  • 68Ga-DOTATOC-PET/CT–guided resection of a primary intraosseous meningioma: technical note” by Gerardo Y. Guinto-Nishimura et al.
  • “Benefits of endoscope-assisted microsurgery in the management of pediatric brain tumors" by Mohamed A. El Beltagy and Mostafa M. E. Atteya
  • “Video-assisted thoracoscopic image-guided spine surgery: evolution of 19 years of experience, from endoscopy to fully integrated 3D navigation" by George Hanna et al.
  • “Intraoperative MRI–based elastic fusion for anatomically accurate tractography of the corticospinal tract: correlation with intraoperative neuromonitoring and clinical status" by Sebastian Ille et al.
  • “The role of diffusion tensor imaging and tractography in the surgical management of brainstem gliomas" by Xiong Xiao et al.
  • “Intraoperative real-time near-infrared optical imaging for the identification of metastatic brain tumors via microscope and exoscope" by Jun Muto et al.
  • “Neurotoxicity of subarachnoid Gd-based contrast agent accumulation: a potential complication of intraoperative MRI?” By Monika Lauer et al.
  • “Magnetic resonance imaging–based synthetic computed tomography of the lumbar spine for surgical planning: a clinical proof-of-concept” by Victor E. Staartjes et al.
  • “Navigated ultrasound-based image guidance during resection of gliomas: practical utility in intraoperative decision-making and outcomes" by Prakash Shetty et al.
  • “Predicting meningioma consistency and brain-meningioma interface with intraoperative strain ultrasound elastography: a novel application to guide surgical strategy" by Giuseppe Maria Della Pepa et al.
  • “Augmented reality–assisted ventriculostomy" by Max Schneider et al.
  • “Evaluation of the precision of operative augmented reality compared to standard neuronavigation using a 3D-printed skull" by Julien Haemmerli et al.
  • “Impact of different visualization devices on accuracy, efficiency, and dexterity in neurosurgery: a laboratory investigation" by Amol Raheja et al.
  • “Intraoperative imaging of brain tumors with fluorescein: confocal laser endomicroscopy in neurosurgery. Clinical and user experience" by Julius Höhne et al.
  • “Recurrent high-grade glioma surgery: a multimodal intraoperative protocol to safely increase extent of tumor resection and analysis of its impact on patient outcome" by Giuseppe Maria Vincenzo Barbagallo et al.
  • “Letter to the Editor. Advanced neuroimaging in traumatic brain injury: error in citation" by Kent Gøran Moen and Anne Vik
  • "Erratum. Advanced neuroimaging in traumatic brain injury: an overview" by Luke G. F. Smith


Please join us in reading the January 2021 issue of Neurosurgical Focus.




For additional information, please contact Ms. Jo Ann M. Eliason, Communications Manager, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, One Morton Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Email: [email protected] Phone 434-982-1209. 

Neurosurgical Focus, an online-only, monthly, peer-reviewed journal, covers a different neurosurgery-related topic in depth each month and is available free to all readers at http://www.thejns.org. Enhanced by color images and video clips, each issue constitutes a state-of-the-art "textbook chapter" in the field of neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus is one of six journals published by the JNS Publishing Group, the scholarly journal division of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Other peer-reviewed journals published by the JNS Publishing Group each month include Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, Neurosurgical Focus: Video, and, as of January 4, 2021, Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons. All six journals can be accessed at www.thejns.org.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit www.AANS.org.