?Cooking? brain tumors
The NeuroBlate System from Monteris Medical, which employs a pulsed surgical laser, delivers targeted energy that heats and destroys what were previously diagnosed as inoperable brain tumors.
Laser interstitial thermal therapy transmits heat to coagulate, or ?cook,? brain tumors from the inside out.
NeuroBlate integrates with intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, producing detailed images of internal organs without using radiation.
Surgeons can reference high-resolution images as they are operating. They can see and direct the progress of tumor destruction as it happens, which increases the likelihood that tumors will be completely treated.
This is Monteris Medical?s second FDA clearance for its NeuroBlate MRI-guided laser ablation system since 2013. The most recent FDA approval regards ?Reduced Diameter Laser Mini-Probes.? The new mini-probes have a reduced outer diameter of 2.2 mm.
“We were able to take all of the advanced features and capabilities of our 3.3 mm probe and miniaturize them all, without sacrificing any performance versus the original probe,” said Richard Tyc, Vice President, Technology and Advanced Development at Monteris Medical.
Minimally invasive neurosurgery
Each of the robotic probes employs proprietary hyperthermia modulation and a unique sapphire capsule with high laser transparency and robust thermal properties. The probes can also be controlled remotely through Monteris Medical’s Robotic Probe Driver.
The NeuroBlate System is considered to be minimally invasive surgery.
A surgeon makes a small hole in the skull, approximately as wide as a pencil. A small probe is then used to deliver laser light energy to heat and destroy the tumor.
The NeuroBlate System combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and software-based visualization to allow surgeons to remotely ablate tumors in many locations in the brain, at the surface or deep inside, through a computer module.
An MRI compatible robotic probe driver helps the surgeon precisely guide the laser probe to the tumor and apply heat to it in controlled amounts, until the targeted tissue is destroyed.
Patients undergoing procedures with the NeuroBlate System may experience less pain compared with those undergoing open surgical procedures and reduced hospital length of stay over open surgical procedures.