The neural activity has been simulated based on the unique structural architecture of individual brain tumor patients using a platform called The Virtual Brain, revealed researchers.
The Virtual Brain could improve surgical planning and outcomes. The findings are reported in eNeuro.
Brain surgery is delicate work that requires careful planning to maximally remove a tumor while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Common techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are used to map out a surgical strategy by identifying important functional areas close to the tumor. These approaches are limited, however, in their ability to predict post-surgical outcome because of the complex dynamics of the brain and the widespread modifications of brain activity.