MR-HIFU treatment of fibroids

MR-HIFU is an alternative treatment which is greatly appreciated by women suffering from fibroids. There is a growing demand for safe and minimally invasive therapies. Since 2004 more than 10,000 patients have been treated all over the world.

Focused ultrasound treats fibroids without removal of the womb.

This therapy combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with focused high-intensity ultrasound waves. High-intensity focused ultrasound waves (HIFU) and MRI have each been used successfully on their own for many years. The combination of these two methods has opened up new treatment options, partly thanks to the improved visualisation capability offered by magnetic resonance imaging. MRI gives your physician a three-dimensional picture of the womb and fibroids. Changes in temperature and tissue are shown in real time during treatment of the individual fibroids. High-intensity sound waves are directed at each fibroid. The resulting focused effect is like bundling the rays of the sun with a magnifying glass – except here the focusing point is hot enough to destroy cells.

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