Chirag Gandhi, MD, Chief of Service
Peter W. Carmel, MD, DMedSci
The Brain Tumor Program offers a comprehensive, multi-specialty, neurosurgical center providing the most advanced care for brain tumors available in New Jersey. The state-of-the-art modalities routinely employed at the Brain Tumor Program provide minimal invasion and maximum precision in the treatment of brain tumors for adults and children.
The Program continually pioneers new techniques and technologies for the treatment of brain tumors in children, and successfully treated many craniopharyngiomas – brain tumors located near the pituitary gland that usually affects infants and children. Advanced, computer-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, radiosurgery, and single-dose and fractionated radiation therapy for the treatment of brain tumors are utilized in the most effective combination for each patient. The program utilizes state-of-the-art 3T MRI imaging in the detection of brain tumors and intraoperative MRI makes treatment of tumors more effective.
The Program pioneered the use of intra-operative MRI scans and University Hospital was the first hospital in the U.S. to utilize a compact OR-based MRI system to obtain ‘real-time’ images of the brain before, during and after surgery. The hospital has installed the second generation of this technology. The precise nature of these images ensures surgical navigation that minimizes risk of harming healthy and/or eloquent areas of the brain while providing maximum lesion removal.