Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute | Brain & Spine Tumors


Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is one of the only hospitals in the region to use NeuroBlate® System, which uses high-intensity laser light to destroy tumors while limiting injury to healthy brain tissue.

The minimally invasive procedure allows Saint Luke’s neurosurgeons to treat brain tumors previously deemed inoperable and those difficult to treat without hurting the patient’s neurological function.

How it works

With the patient’s head secured in place, the neurosurgeon drills a small hole in the skull (about the size of a pencil eraser). Using a live 3-D MRI scanner, the surgeon carefully guides a small laser probe to the tumor. As the laser heats up, it destroys the tumor (this is also called ablation). The surgeon watches the ablation using the same MRI scanner.

Once the tumor is fully ablated, the probe is removed, and the patient moves to recovery.

Risks of this Surgery

Every surgical procedure comes with risk, and NeuroBlate is not a solution for every type of brain tumor. Your neurosurgeon will discuss possible risks based on the location and characteristics of your tumor.