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Laser safely destroys deep brain tumor, California's first

Using a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided laser technology, neurosurgeons have successfully treated a malignant tumor deep inside a patient?s brain. This is the first time that this FDA-approved laser-based treatment has been performed in California. The clinicians used a technique called laser interstitial thermal therapy. The procedure is performed inside an MRI machine while the patient is under general anesthesia. A dime-size hole is created in the patient?s skull to access the tumor. A laser probe is then inserted into the tumor under real-time MRI monitoring and computer guidance. When the tumor is reached, the laser beam is activated, heating and destroying tumor cells.
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