Magnetic Resonance guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU) therapy is a thermal ablation method, which can be used for treating solid primary tumours and metastases located deep within the body.
HIFU therapy uses high-energy focused ultrasound beams in order to create heating in the target volume. Ultrasound creates mechanical vibration in the tissue which converts into heat. Given that the heating duration is long enough, this results in irreversible tissue damage, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact.
Turku University Hospital (Tyks) has two clinical MR-HIFU machines, which are used to treat uterine fibroids (myoma, adenomyosis), localised prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The treatment is also used for palliative care of bone tumours.
MR-HIFU treatment is always patient-specific and is dependent on the type and location of the tumour. More information about the HIFU research at Turku University Hospital can be found from the link below.
Turku HIFU Research Centre