We have been wanting to post some MRI pictures from Matt's recent surgery. It has been a bit of a challenge to get all of his MRI's onto a CD. The ladies at the imaging department are fantastic, but I'm not sure they are asked very often to put as many MRI's as Matt's had on a CD. It took us two tries of going in there before we had the scans we needed!
This scan is from the first part of June. After Dr.Walker (the Neurosurgeon) saw these, he felt pretty strongly that we needed to drain the cystic portion of Matt's tumor. It's the big balloon looking portion on the top left of the tumor. You can see how this cyst could make judging the size of the actual tumor a little difficult! The cyst would fill and empty with fluid, constantly changing, and creating quite the challenge for the neuro-radiologists! Also, even though the cyst wasn't as dangerous as the tumor, if it gets too big, it can block ventricles and cause nasty symptoms, as well.
This is the MRI that was just done last week. I believe that why we were so ecstatic is pretty obvious! Even though the surgery turned into more (much more!) than a simple reservoir insertion and draining, the amount of tumor and cyst that was removed is remarkable and it was SO worth it! HOORAY FOR MODERN MEDICINE!!!