MR-guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of uterine fibroids

Gina K. Hesley, Krzysztof R. Gorny, David A. Woodrum

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Abstract

Magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) ablation of uterine fibroids provides a minimally invasive outpatient technique for targeting and treating symptomatic uterine fibroids. Magnetic resonance imaging provides a guidance platform that has high temporal and spatial resolution for guiding, as well as thermal monitoring of the procedure. The high-intensity focused ultrasound provides a mechanism for delivering large amounts of energy directly into the fibroid without causing detrimental effects to the nontarget tissues. Early and intermediate follow-up of patients treated with MRgFUS provided promising results on the efficacy of the technique for providing symptom relief to patients. As more long-term follow-up data are published, the efficacy of this technique can be compared to more invasive surgical and minimally invasive catheter treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Fibroid
  • MR-guided focused ultrasound
  • MRI
  • MRgFUS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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