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Cureus. 2019 Oct 20;11(10):e5946. doi: 10.7759/cureus.5946.

Integration of Three-dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Spectroscopy with the Leksell GammaPlan Radiosurgical Planning Station for the Treatment of Brain Tumors.

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1
Neurosurgery, Cheikh Zaid International Hospital, Center for Doctoral Studies in Life and Health Sciences (CEDoc-SVS), Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, MAR.
2
Neuro Oncology - Functional Neurosurgery and Radiosurgery Research Team, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, MAR.
3
Neurosurgery, Center for Doctoral Studies in Life and Health Sciences (CEDoc-SVS), Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, MAR.
4
Neuroradiology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, MAR.
5
Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, MAR.

Abstract

Introduction MRI multivoxel spectroscopy mapping is helpful in surgical decision-making. Unfortunately, in daily practice, MRI multivoxel spectroscopy mapping is not always compatible with the current version of Leksell GammaPlan (LGP) (Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden). The aim of this study is to develop a tool to allow the use of this modality in radiosurgical treatments using LGP. Material and methods Multivoxel spectroscopy digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) images were analyzed to identify tags to be modified to make the images compatible with LGP. We identify four important tags to be modified for compatibility with LGP. Using Python language, a new software was designed to modify the identified tags and allow the automatic conversion of images to meet LGP requirements. Results By modifying the tags of DICOM images, we could use spectroscopic cartography images in radiosurgical planning using LGP. We created a software to reproduce these modifications using a simple and rapid interface. This software executes all the protocols established in the methodology. Conclusion The new software, "GP Adapting Solution", can convert any DICOM image and make it compatible with LGP. The integration of multivoxel spectroscopic images was feasible and could be used for radiosurgical planning. This work is the first step in allowing the potential use of new MRI modalities in radiosurgical planning using LGP. The next steps are to evaluate the impact of these modalities in radiosurgical treatments and to develop methods for integrating other imaging modalities.

KEYWORDS:

3d mri spectroscopy; leksell gammaplan; metabolic cartography; radiosurgery gamma knife; reverse engineering; software

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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