International Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 94–98

MRI-guided laparoscopic and robotic surgery for malignancies


DOI: 10.1007/s10147-007-0664-z

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Hashizume, M. Int J Clin Oncol (2007) 12: 94. doi:10.1007/s10147-007-0664-z


Endoscopic surgery has some clear benefits, but it also has some disadvantages in reducing surgeons' normal dexterity and limiting their ability to deal with difficult situations. Computer-aided surgery has been proposed to overcome some of the drawbacks of traditional minimally invasive surgery. The proposed systems make possible a secure, precise procedure with no limitations on the operator's freedom of movement. Image-guided surgery is a new technical tool in surgical oncology. Interventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has entered a new stage in which computer-based techniques play an expanding role in planning, monitoring, and controlling procedures. MRI-guided surgery not only represents a technical challenge but is a transformation from conventional hand–eye coordination to interactive navigational operations. We have recently developed an MRI-guided robot-assisted interventional surgical system as well as an MRI-compatible endoscope. They allow the performance of precise image-guided interventional therapy and endoscopic surgery. MRI-guided laparoscopic surgery is now feasible for malignancies and will play an important part in the development of minimally invasive therapy.

Key words

MRI Endoscopic surgery Image-guided surgery Computer-aided surgery Robotic surgery 

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© The Japan Society of Clinical Oncology 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Faculty of Medical SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan