Laser Rifles and Brain Tumors...


MTS Alumni
Feb 11, 2003
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I think this is pretty exciting technology... Especially from the surgical end, and the people they will be able to help that they previously couldn't.

Not to mention I want a laser rifle. :D

A new tool that allows doctors to use laser surgery in complex operations has been hailed as a breakthrough in minimally invasive laser technology.
Originally designed as a military tool for the United States Department of Defense (DOD), the fiber-optic invention is revolutionizing the ways surgeons carry out brain surgeries.


Dr. Bendok, a senior neurosurgeon at Northwestern University in the United States, along with his partner, otolaryngologist Dr Andrew Fishman, also rave about the benefit of the fiber optic tool in minimally invasive surgery.
In a recent case, Dr. Bendok's patient had a tumor at the base of the brain, a tumor that could not have been previously reached without Fink's device. Using a scalpel to cut off the tumor would also have been dangerous as the patient's tumor was attached to an important vein.
"Using the scalpel could have caused a stroke," Dr. Fishman told CNN. "Instead we used CO2 laser to melt the tumor and then shave it off."
The whole operation took less than an hour and the patient recovered in only three days.

But of course:

Until the "perfect mirror" came along there were no fibers that could transport the safer CO2 lasers. "At the time, CO2 lasers were like the perfect weapon for soldiers, but one that also happened to weigh five tons. They were very cumbersome," says Dr. Shapshay.

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