High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Ablation Therapy for Thyroid Nodules
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a unique process that delivers a large amount of heat energy to a confined space. HIFU can coagulate tissue at a distance. The effect of HIFU on tissues and tumors was first established in the early to mid- 1950s and more recently partial or complete destruction of tumor was shown in the animal; HIFU is already being used to treat localized prostate cancer. This technique has been shown to lower costs, shorten hospitalization stays and represents a valuable alternative for patients for whom surgery is contraindicated.
KeywordsThyroid Nodule Percutaneous Ethanol Injection High Intensity Focus Ultrasound Solitary Thyroid Nodule Levothyroxine Therapy
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