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Brain tumor laser 510(k)

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Monteris Medical's AutoLITT laser surgery device gains 510(k) clearance, announced May 13. The magnetic resonance imaging-guided system is intended to treat inoperable brain tumors via a probe, passed through a small burr hole in the skull, that heats and coagulates the tumor. The FDA clearance gets the product over one hump towards gaining a bonus Medicare payment designed for newer, more expensive technologies, but CMS is questioning whether AutoLITT may be too similar to a product already available on the market and whether it has enough clinical data to qualify (1"The Gray Sheet" May 11, 2009, p. 14)
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