Feasibility of percutaneous vertebroplasty with MR-guided laser ablation

Roger J. McNichols, Ashok Gowda, Kamran Ahrar, R. Jason Stafford, Roger E. Price, John D. Hazle

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This work was aimed at exploring the feasibility of MR-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) as an adjuvant to vertebroplasty, especially for the management of spinal metastatic tumors. Such a technique may provide a number of advantages including an additional tool for tumor reduction, improved hemostasis, and high precision and safety in thermal therapy. We report on the development of tools and procedures to facilitate augmentation of vertebroplasty with LITT, and we describe the results of laser thermal treatments in normal canine vertebrae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number83
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
EventLasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2004Jan 27 2004


  • Feedback Control
  • LITT
  • Laser
  • MRI
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Vertebroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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