Conclusions

This chapter has shown the importance of image guidance in furthering the application of minimally invasive techniques throughout the body. Registration for image guidance has become significantly simplified and should no longer present an obstacle, as with the use of stereotactic frames in the past. Visualization of target tissues, as well as normal tissues to be avoided during the course of surgery, has been made possible through advances in imaging technologies, which are coupled to the operation. With the advent of functional imaging technologies, such as MEG, the promise that these technologies may be scaled to the molecular level suggests potentially fascinating interventions based on molecular abnormalities delivered by image-guided techniques on a microscopic scale. Finally, image guidance allows the use of novel therapeutic interventions, such as deep brain stimulation and radiation therapy, permitting the completely noninvasive amelioration of symptomatology or destruction of tissue, which would be impossible in the absence of image guidance.

In a very real way, the future of therapeutic intervention can only be achieved with the infrastructure provided by information-guided therapy. It can be anticipated that demands for minimization of risks and maximization of benefit will be realized only through the innovative use of information-guided technology.

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