Laser Ablation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Computed Tomography Environment: A Review


University of Georgia College of Engineering, Athens, GA, USA


New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

DOI: 10.5152/iai.2022.21024
Read: 323 Downloads: 151 Published: 01 December 2021

Laser ablation has become a rising minimally invasive method in place of surgical resection for the removal of tumors relatedto a range of problems from prostate and pulmonary cancers to high-grade gliomas and refractory epilepsy. Robotic and non-robotic approaches to laser ablation are compared. Research articles were collected from Google Scholar by topics of interest based on more recent findings, and only articles that contained accuracy measurements were included in this review. There are two pathways in the field of laser ablation: robotic and non-robotic approaches. The accuracy of robotic devices is 0.3-3 mm. The accuracy of non-robotic devices is 0.02-5.86 mm. Both types of devices generate similar targeting accuracy towards tumorremoval. In addition, the patient safety of operating the laser ablation devices has also been summarized. It is concluded thatrobotic laser ablation is feasible and more accurate and efficient compared to other methods; however, further clinical test- ing is needed to establish the safety and accuracy in real-life scenarios as most results were extracted from non-respiratory environments.

Cite this article as: Smith AA, Li R, Tsz Ho Tse Z. Laser ablation in magnetic resonance imaging/computed tomography environment: A review. Imaging Interv. 2022;1(3):66-73.

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