Laser Ablation Referrals
To learn if a patient is a suitable candidate for laser-guided
Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD
Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
SUNY Upstate Medical University
604 Jacobsen Hall
The Steps Involved in the Procedure
Patients are fitted with a frame (above) so that precise measurements can be taken before they are wheeled to the MRI suite for thermal ablation.
Instead of a craniotomy, Dr. Tovar-Spinoza introduces a small diameter fiber optic applicator into the lesion through a 3-millimeter keyhole stereotactic procedure.
The ablation procedure is supervised by real-time mapping and success in the target area is confirmed by immediate post-ablation MRI images (below).
Video: Animation of the Laser Ablation Procedure
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