Volume 3 Supplement 1
Volumetric MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound with direct skin cooling for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids: proof of concept study
© Ikink et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015
Published: 30 June 2015
To prospectively assess the safety and technical feasibility of volumetric magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) ablation with direct skin cooling (DISC) during treatment of uterine fibroids.
Results and conclusions
Results: All MR-HIFU treatments were successfully completed in an outpatient setting. The median NPV-ratio was 0.56 (IQR[0.27-0.72]). Immediately after treatment, two patients experienced coldness related discomfort which resolved the same day. No serious AEs were reported within 30-days’ follow-up. No skin burns, cold injuries or subcutaneous edema were observed in patients treated with the DISC device. Conclusion: This study showed that it is technically feasible and safe to complete a volumetric MR-HIFU ablation with DISC. This technique may further reduce the risk of thermal injury to the abdominal wall during MR-HIFU ablation of uterine fibroids.
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