The End of Surgery?

Imagine removing a tumor deep in someone’s brain without ever cutting open their skull. Imagination a treatment for fibroids that instead of requiring weeks of recuperation allows the patient to return to her normal activities the next day. You don’t have to imagine these things because thanks to the ExBlate system manufactured by an Israeli company called InSightec they are a reality.

The system uses a combination of MRI and ultrasound technology to locate the target tissue and ablate it. MR thermometry allows the physician to control and adjust the treatment in real time to ensure that the targeted tissue is treated and surrounding non targeted tissue is spared. The use of this painless procedure reduces hospitalization days, cuts down on side effects and allows for precise removal of target tissue.

So far it has already been approved for fibroids and for bone metasteses and work is now in progress to get clearance for use in removing brain tumors.

The following clip shows the system in action:


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