Visualase Laser Treatment
The Visualase System is an MRI-guided, minimally invasive laser ablation system which allows monitoring of the ablation in real time. The system is FDA-cleared for the ablation of soft tissue including use in neurosurgical procedures.
The Visualase System utilizes a laser to destroy soft tissue. Light energy is delivered to the target area using a laser applicator. As light is delivered through the laser applicator temperatures in the target area begin to rise, destroying the unwanted tissue.
How it works
- In the operating room, the laser applicator is placed through a small cranial access.
- The patient is then placed into an intra-operative MRI unit. Laser applicator position is confirmed with imaging and a low power test dose. During therapy, clinicians can control ablation volume while monitoring real-time temperature imaging and damage model.
- Laser applicator is removed and the incision is closed, typically with a single stitch. Most patients are discharged after a shorter stay as compared to open procedures.
- Destruction of targeted tissue through a minimally invasive technique instead of a craniotomy
- Minimal sutures required, typically a 1-stitch suture
- Most patients are discharged after a shorter stay as compared to open procedures
- Reduced scarring compared to open procedures