Physicians at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y., are the first in the world to use minimally invasive MRI-guided laser technology in a multi-stage approach to treat a rare, sometimes life-threatening genetic disease, the hospital says.

The condition is called tuberous sclerosis, which causes non-cancerous tumors, called tubers, to grow in the brain leading to a host of symptoms. Doctors at Upstate also have used the technology to successfully treat epilepsy and other brain-related disorders.

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