The Lee Visualization Lab is dedicated to the Improved Visualization and Surgical Resection of Brain Tumors – both benign and malignant. Directed by John Y.K. Lee, MD, MSCE, the lab has both clinical and small animal research effort.
The lab is interested in near-infrared fluorescent dyes, because of their increased penetration through normal tissue as well as the lack of any normal autofluorescence in brain. We are interested in novel compounds and novel application of existing compounds in order to help the surgeon localize tumors intraoperatively, distinguish normal brain from cancerous tissue and clear the surgical margins in real-time. In addition, we are always exploring novel imaging techniques with collaborations in bioengineering and physics, as many of the dyes have unique imaging properties beyond what our eyes can see.
In addition, to fluorescent tumor visualization, our lab also continues to refine and innovate novel ways to visualize neurosurgical pathology in the operating room relying on endoscopic refinements, especially as it pertains to skull base surgery.
Steve Cho Awarded "Best Poster" at Pennsylvania Neurological Society Meeting
July 17, 2017
Steve Cho, current medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine, was recently awarded "Best Poster" at the Pennsylvania Neurological Society Meeting this past July. His poster and presentation was titled "Comparison of Near Infrared Imaging Camera Systems for Intrcranial Tumor Detection." Congrats Steve.
Abstract submission to the 2017 American Association of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting won the Synthes Skull Base Award
April 22, 2017
Abstract submission (Folate Receptor Overexpression can be Visualized in Real time during Pituitary Adenoma Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery with Near-Infared Imaging) won the Synthes Skull Base Award at the 2017 Annual AANS meeting in Los Angeles, CA