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HIFU: a more Precise Method to Target Diagnosed Areas of the Prostate

We asked Dr. Cary Robertson, M.D. from Duke University Medical Center three questions on the latest development of a new medical technology that gives urologists a more precise method for treating prostate cancer.

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HIFU, which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a minimally invasive option for prostate tissue ablation through heating with a low occurrence of side effects. Using real-time image guidance — and sometimes paired with additional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or location of the biopsies in 3D — the doctor directs a focused beam of ultrasound energy at the target area within the prostate through an ultrasound probe inserted into the rectum. No incisions are required to reach the targeted zone and ablate the prostate tissue at the focal point.

They may have cancer. But they’ll be at the starting line. Patient stories.

They may have cancer. But they’ll be at the starting line.

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