Stereotactic Techniques

Authored by: Jim Warrington

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780750308601
eBook ISBN: 9781420012026
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420012026.ch45

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Abstract

The term stereotactic means the three-dimensional localisation of a particular point in space by a unique set of coordinates that relate to a fixed, external reference frame. Historically, such a frame has acted as a support for hollow probes that have carried either electrodes or biopsy needles to precise locations within either an animal or human brain, based on the analysis of plane and orthogonal x-ray films of the subject in the frame.

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