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Robot-assisted stereotactic brain biopsy: systematic review and bibliometric analysis

Marcus, HJ; Vakharia, VN; Ourselin, S; Duncan, J; Tisdall, M; Aquilina, K; (2018) Robot-assisted stereotactic brain biopsy: systematic review and bibliometric analysis. Child's Nervous System 10.1007/s00381-018-3821-y. Green open access

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INTRODUCTION: Stereotactic brain biopsy represents one of the earliest applications of surgical robotics. The aim of the present systematic review and bibliometric analysis was to evaluate the literature supporting robot-assisted brain biopsy and the extent to which the scientific community has accepted the technique. METHODS: The Cochrane and PubMed databases were searched over a 30-year period between 1st of January 1988 and 31st of December 2017. Titles and abstracts were screened to identify publications that met the following criteria: (1) featured patients with brain pathology, (2) undergoing stereotactic brain biopsy, (3) reporting robot-assisted surgery, and (4) outcome data were provided. The reference lists of selected studies were also sought, and expert opinion sought to identify further eligible publications. Selected manuscripts were then reviewed, and data extracted on effectiveness and safety. The status of scientific community acceptance was determined using a progressive scholarly acceptance analysis. RESULTS: All identified studies were non-randomised, including 1 retrospective cohort study and 14 case series or reports. The diagnostic biopsy rate varied from 75 to 100%, and the average target accuracy varied from 0.9 to 4.5 mm. Use of the robot was aborted in two operations owing to geometric inaccessibility and an error in image registration but no associated adverse events were reported. A compounding progressive scholarly acceptance analysis suggested a trend towards acceptance of the technique by the scientific community. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, robot-assisted stereotactic brain biopsy is an increasingly mainstream tool in the neurosurgical armamentarium. Further evaluation should proceed along the IDEAL framework with research databases and comparative trials.

Type: Article
Title: Robot-assisted stereotactic brain biopsy: systematic review and bibliometric analysis
Location: Germany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-018-3821-y
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00381-018-3821-y
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: DIPG, Diffuse intrinsic brainstem glioma, Robotics, Stereotaxy, Surgery
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048473
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