Virtual Resection: A New Tool for Preparing for Nephron-Sparing Surgery in Wilms Tumor Patients

Jasper M van der Zee, Matthijs Fitski, Frank F J Simonis, Cornelis P van de Ven, Aart J Klijn, Marc Wijnen, Alida F W van der Steeg

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Nephron-sparing surgery (NSS) in Wilms tumor (WT) patients is a surgically challenging procedure used in highly selective cases only. Virtual resections can be used for preoperative planning of NSS to estimate the remnant renal volume (RRV) and to virtually mimic radical tumor re-section. In this single-center evaluation study, virtual resection for NSS planning and the user experience were evaluated. Virtual resection was performed in nine WT patient cases by two pediatric surgeons and one pediatric urologist. Pre-and postoperative MRI scans were used for 3D visuali-zation. The virtual RRV was acquired after performing virtual resection and a questionnaire was used to assess the ease of use. The actual RRV was derived from the postoperative 3D visualization and compared with the derived virtual RRV. Virtual resection resulted in virtual RRVs that matched nearly perfectly with the actual RRVs. According to the questionnaire, virtual resection appeared to be straightforward and was not considered to be difficult. This study demonstrated the potential of virtual resection as a new planning tool to estimate the RRV after NSS in WT patients. Future research should further evaluate the clinical relevance of virtual resection by relating it to surgical outcome.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)777-784
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftCurrent Oncology
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 feb. 2022


  • Nephron-sparing surgery
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Remnant renal parenchyma
  • Remnant renal volume
  • Virtual resection
  • Wilms tumor


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