In collaboration with Children’s Hospital St. Paul & United Hospital, Minnesota Epilepsy Group is the first epilepsy center in the Twin Cities to use real-time MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to treat epilepsy and brain lesions causing epilepsy.
This new surgical approach offers a safer and less invasive alternative to a craniotomy, which is currently the most commonly used surgical treatment for epilepsy. For high-risk patients with deep brain lesions, this new technique can be particularly life-changing because the MRI-guided laser probe utilizes a much smaller pathway through the brain to reach a deep lesion. This reduces the risk of patient complications related to contact with surrounding brain tissue. In addition, the MRI-guided laser probe is inserted through a hole in the skull that is only 3.2 mm (about the diameter of a pen) versus the removal of a larger area of skull bone for a craniotomy. Because it is a less invasive procedure, patient recovery time is much shorter.