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Eur Urol. 2013 Feb;63(2):395-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2012.11.002. Epub 2012 Nov 12.

Real-time magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound focal therapy for localised prostate cancer: preliminary experience.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University "La Sapienza," Rome, Italy.


Five patients with unifocal, biopsy-proven prostate cancer (PCa) evident on multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were treated with magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) ablation before radical prostatectomy (RP). An endorectal probe featuring a phased-array focused ultrasound transducer was positioned for lesion ablation under MRI guidance. The tissue temperature and accumulation of thermal damage in the target zone was monitored during the procedure by MRI thermometry. Overlap between the ablation area and the devascularisation of the target lesion was evaluated by contrast-enhanced MRI performed immediately after treatment. The procedure was uneventful, and no adverse events were observed. RP was safely performed without significant surgical difficulties in relation to the previous MRgFUS treatment. The histopathology report showed extensive coagulative necrosis, with no residual tumour in the ablated area. Significant bilateral residual tumour, not evident on pretreatment MRI, was observed outside the treated area in two patients. MRgFUS ablation of focal localised PCa is feasible and, if confirmed in appropriate studies, could represent a valid option for the focal treatment of localised PCa.

Copyright © 2012 European Association of Urology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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