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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2013 Feb;36(1):5-13. doi: 10.1007/s00270-012-0367-3. Epub 2012 Mar 28.

MR-guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of uterine fibroids.

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Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) ablation of uterine fibroids provides a minimally invasive outpatient technique for targeting and treating symptomatic uterine fibroids. Magnetic resonance imaging provides a guidance platform that has high temporal and spatial resolution for guiding, as well as thermal monitoring of the procedure. The high-intensity focused ultrasound provides a mechanism for delivering large amounts of energy directly into the fibroid without causing detrimental effects to the nontarget tissues. Early and intermediate follow-up of patients treated with MRgFUS provided promising results on the efficacy of the technique for providing symptom relief to patients. As more long-term follow-up data are published, the efficacy of this technique can be compared to more invasive surgical and minimally invasive catheter treatments.

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