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J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2010 Aug;21(8 Suppl):S192-203. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2010.04.007.

Microwave tumor ablation: mechanism of action, clinical results, and devices.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, E3/311 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792-3252, USA. mlubner@uwhealth.org

Abstract

Microwave ablation uses dielectric hysteresis to produce direct volume heating of tissue. Microwaves are capable of propagating through many tissue types, even those with high impedance such as lung or bone, with less susceptibility to "heat-sink" effects along vessels. Microwaves are highly conducive to the use of multiple applicators, showing the synergy seen with other energies, but also the potential capability for phasing of the electromagnetic field. As a result, larger, more customizable ablation zones may be created in less time. Although multiple microwave ablation systems are currently available, further study and continued development are needed.

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20656229
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PMC3065977
DOI:
10.1016/j.jvir.2010.04.007
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