What is HIFU?
MR-hifu or Magnetic Resonance Imaging guided High-Intensity-Focused-Ultrasound is a non-invasive alternative which uses high-intensity ultrasound waves that are focused into small areas to produce heat for killing tumor cells.
The focussed sound waves coagulate the myoma tissue at the point of focus without affecting the surrounding tissue. To ensure efficient ablation, the focused ultrasonic beam moves quickly over the lesion to be ablated (Volumetric ablation). The myoma tissue, at the point of focus, heats up to approx. 60-65 degree C and is consequently necrosed. The procedure is monitored with real-time MR images which provide real-time feedback through thermal mapping as well as the progress of ablation.
Is it right for me?