Laser interstitial thermal therapy, or LITT, for brain tumors and lesions

UF Health is one of only a handful of facilities in Florida offering the new NeuroBlate® System, a tool in the fight against brain tumors and epilepsy.

The NeuroBlate® System can help destroy tumors and lesions in many locations in the brain, while protecting healthy surrounding tissue as much as possible. The NeuroBlate® System has distinct advantages over traditional open procedures.UF Health is one of only a handful of facilities in Florida offering the new NeuroBlate® System, a tool in the fight against brain tumors and epilepsy. The NeuroBlate® System can help destroy tumors and lesions in many locations in the brain, while protecting healthy surrounding tissue as much as possible. The NeuroBlate® System has distinct advantages over traditional open procedures.

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Patented technology designed at the University of Florida’s computer-assisted surgical laboratory for stereotactic placement of the laser probe.

Benefits of laser interstitial thermal therapy, or LITT, at UF Health

  • Experienced and patent-awarded surgical team.
  • Integrated effort with participation from neurosurgeons, medical physicists, anesthesiologists and radiologists aimed at providing the optimal patient experience.
  • UF researchers recently demonstrated that LITT induces temporary disruption of the peritumoral
    blood-brain barrier.
  • Open clinical trials at the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at the University of Florida for recurrent, high-grade gliomas using LITT with immunotherapy and targeted chemotherapy.

The NeuroBlate® System

  • Only system that monitors ablation contours in three dimensions and provides real-time imaging to support a neurosurgeon’s clinical decision matrix.
  • Employs diode laser energy delivered via a gas-cooled fiber-optic, which allows safe targeting and selective ablation of soft tissue and lesions in the brain, including some that may have traditionally been deemed “inoperable.”
  • Allows surgeons to have a new tool for treating diseased cells with lethal heat, while helping to preserve healthy tissue.
  • Therapy is minimally invasive — blood loss may be reduced during the procedure; the surgical opening can usually be closed with only a small suture.
  • System is a combination of hardware, software and disposable surgical devices used with an existing MRI scanner.