Penn Center for Cranial Base Surgery

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Skull Base Tumors

The Penn Center for Cranial Base Surgery is backed by the most extensive, state-of-the-art neurodiagnostic imaging facilities in the region. Resources include:

  • Neuroradiologic mapping that produces highly precise clinical imaging of advanced tumors within the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (rest of the body) nervous system.
  • Interventional angiography to define critical blood vessel structure and decrease blood loss during certain vascular procedures.
  • Cranial nerve monitoring during surgery to identify and preserve vision, hearing, balance and facial expressions, as well as speech and swallowing
  • Intraoperative computer-assisted navigation to identify the precise location of tumors in relation to surrounding vital tissues