Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and researchers have unparalleled experience in the field of MRI-guided laser interstitial therapy, a technique that uses imaging and a laser to target specific damaged regions of the brain.

Washington University School of Medicine served as one of the first test sites for this highly specialized, minimally invasive procedure.

Conditions treated

Conditions the therapy targets include:

  • Inoperable tumors
  • Recurrent tumors
  • Recurrent metastatic tumors
  • Radiation necrosis 
  • Certain forms of epilepsy
  • Pediatric cases that share similar indications as adults

Read more about Conditions treated.

Common tumor types treated

  • Primary brain tumors: These are the original tumors found in the body. Those we treat include glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma and astrocytoma.
  • Metastatic brain tumorsThese tumors contain cancer cells that have spread from a tumor in another part of the body, for example the lung, breast, skin and colon.

Your visit to the Brain Laser Center

See Your Visit for information about what to expect when you come to the Brain Laser Center.

Patients who come to the Brain Laser Center also have access to the very best facilities, including the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, where our physicians are members.