Treatment of epidural tumours located in the spinal canal can be highly challenging, due to the risk of causing irreversible damage. To address this challenge, a medical team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute have performed a study showing that MRI-guided cryoablation is feasible for treating such epidural tumours.
Principal investigator Thomas Lee, MD demonstrates an active cryoprobe that had just been tested in water to ensure formation of a ball of ice at the tip.
Lee and his team have now performed 11 MRI-guided cryoablation procedures for spinal canal decompression, and a total of 76 MRI-guided cryoablations in the head, neck and spine. He believes that Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the only hospital in the world currently performing MRI-guided cryoablation for spinal canal decompression.