MR Thermography-Guided Head and Neck Lesion Laser Ablation

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 Sep;39(9):1593-1596. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5726. Epub 2018 Jul 26.


Interstitial laser ablation has been successfully used as a minimally invasive treatment option for tumors in many parts of the body, including the head and neck. In this article, we describe the use of MR imaging guidance and mapping sequences for accurate localization of the target lesion, percutaneous interstitial laser ablation methods, and the use of MR thermography for temperature monitoring during laser ablation, with a focus on applications in the head and neck region.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Thermography / methods*