High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Ablation Therapy for Thyroid Nodules

  • Olivier Esnault
  • Laurence Leenhardt

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.


Thyroid Nodule Percutaneous Ethanol Injection High Intensity Focus Ultrasound Solitary Thyroid Nodule Levothyroxine Therapy 
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  • Olivier Esnault
    • 1
  • Laurence Leenhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.France

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