008 Laser Thermocoagulation (LITT) - How, When and Why

Saturday, April 25
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 205AB; BCEC

Fee: $650
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Director(s): Veronica L. Chiang, MD, FAANS

Assistant Director(s): Michael Schulder, MD, FAANS

Faculty: Claudio Tatsui, MD, IFAANS; Stephen B. Tatter, MD, PhD, FAANS; Jessica Wilden, MD, FAANS

MRI-guided Laser Thermal Ablation (MgLTA) is a developing technology with evolving indications. It is currently mostly involved in the treatment of tumors and epilepsy, but with possible indications in vascular and spine. It is important for neurosurgeons to understand the advantages, limitations and costs of this new technology and what needs to be studied to further develop this technology appropriately. Most courses currently available for neurosurgeons to learn about MgLTA are industry-sponsored. This practical clinic allows neurosurgeons using the technology to more openly discuss their experiences using various systems and how these systems may be advantageous and/or limit practices.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify possible uses and limitations of LITT in the treatment of tumors.
  • Recognize possible uses and limitations of LITT in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • Compare and contrast the differences in available LITT systems.