There are increasing numbers of new brain tumour diagnoses each year, the current estimate is 13,000. Researchers and clinicians at King’s College London are consistently working on new and better ways to identify and extract these tumours quickly and safely.
A large part of supporting diagnoses is awareness and, in this case, awareness comes in the form of art and discussion.
Informed by conversations between researchers, patients and carers, the artwork harnesses colour and light to convey the group's varied experiences relating to brain tumours.
Light and colour were chosen as they reflect the essence of the research project, which is investigating the potential of Hyperspectral Imaging to improve surgery for brain tumour removal.
“Hyperspectral imaging is quite a simple technology. Human vision is based on the detection of red, green and blue centered bands of light that are recombined by the brain to produce colors just like that can be seen in a rainbow. There are actually infinite intermediate colors, and sensing a larger number of them with a bespoke camera that can separate finer bands of light provides much richer information.
Sensing more data alone is not solving the challenge, extraction of relevant information is required and needs to be converted into visual output like images. Hyperspectral imaging has the potential to deliver more information for the surgeon to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue in each individual patient.” Professor Tom Vercauteren, Professor of interventional image computing at King’s College London, said in a panel discussion at the showcase.