Ablation of skeletal metastases: Current status

A. Nicholas Kurup, Matthew R. Callstrom

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Image-guided percutaneous ablation of bone metastases is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to conventional therapies in the palliation of pain from metastatic disease. Ablative technologies applied in the treatment of skeletal metastases include radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, microwave ablation, laser ablation, ethanol ablation, and, most recently, focused ultrasound. These ablative methods may be performed in combination with percutaneous cementoplasty to provide support and stabilization for metastases in weight-bearing bones at risk for pathologic fracture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S242-S250
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue numberSUPPL. 8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010



  • MR imaging-guided extracorporeal focused ultrasound radiation therapy
  • MRgFUS
  • PMMA
  • RF
  • RT
  • VAS
  • polymethylmethacrylate
  • radiation therapy
  • radiofrequency
  • visual analog scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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