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New Technology Available at Barrow Neurological Institute to Treat Hypothalamic Hamartoma September 21, 2012

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Barrow Neurological Institute is pleased to announce new technology now available for patients suffering with Hypothalamic Hamartoma. In addition to surgical removal and radiation treatment, we now offer a minimally-invasive procedure called laser generated stereotactic thermoablation to treat this malformation.

Laser generated stereotactic thermoablation allows surgeons to place a laser probe into the HH lesion to administer heat to that tissue. This is performed using intra-operative MRI imaging, which allows the medical team to visualize the administration of heat in real time.

Built-in safety mechanisms in the computer based system automatically shut down the probe to protect vital structures in the brain in close proximity to the targeted tissue. In addition, a coolant system allows a very focused application of the laser energy and heat to minimize the collateral damage that can occur in thermal therapies.

Contact the program coordinator for more information on this advanced technology, or visit http://www.visualaseinc.com/

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center



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