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Table 1 Characteristics of ablative techniques

From: Ablative techniques for the treatment of benign and malignant breast tumours

  Imaging guidancea Appearance Advantage Disadvantage
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound MRI, US One system integrated with imaging guidance Non-invasive Time-consuming
Radiofrequency ablation MRI, US Needle connected to system Time efficient Minimally invasive
Cryo-ablation US Probe connected to system Freezing instead of heating, analgesic effect Time-consuming, minimally invasive
Laser ablation US, CT Fibre connected to system Time efficient Minimally invasive
Microwave ablation US Probe connected to system Time efficient and high thermal efficacy Minimally invasive, time consuming, more treatment related complications
  1. a US ultrasound, MRI magnetic resonance imaging and CT computed tomography