Minimally Invasive Laser Tumor Therapy Guided By Imaging Modalities

The precision and power of lasers has led to a spectrum of different applications in both physical and biomedical sciences. However, surgical uses have been limited to "external" thermal effects, including cutting, cauterizing, and welding of tissues by the intense energy within the narrow laser beam. A largely unexploited and potentially unlimited new approach is to use lasers as a source of monochromatic energy for interstitial tissue destruction of benign and potentially malignant diseases of the head and neck, brain, breast, liver, spine, and prostate via a minimally invasive technique such as "one needle stick."

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