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J Radiol. 2011 Sep;92(9):789-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jradio.2011.07.009. Epub 2011 Aug 31.

[New techniques of tumor ablation (microwaves, electroporation)].

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  • 1Institut Gustave-Roussy, 114, avenue Édouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif, France.


Since the introduction of radiofrequency tumor ablation of liver tumors in the late 1990s, local destructive therapies have been applied to lung, renal and bone lesions. In addition, new techniques have been introduced to compensate for the limitations of radiofrequency ablation, namely the reduced rate of complete ablation for tumors larger than 3 cm and tumors near vessels larger than 3 mm. Microwave ablation is currently evolving rapidly. While it is a technique based on thermal ablation similar to radiofrequency ablation, there are significant differences between both techniques. Electroporation, of interest because of the non-thermal nature of the ablation process, also is under evaluation.

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