MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound
MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a non-invasive, out-patient procedure which uses focused ultrasound waves to destroy uterine fibroids, without affecting any of the other tissues around the fibroid. The procedure is conducted in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner which helps the radiologist “see” inside the body to pinpoint, guide, and continuously monitor the treatment. The focused ultrasound energy is directed at a small volume of the fibroid, raising its temperature high enough to cause thermal ablation (killing of the cells) without impacting other tissues. Pulses of energy are repeated until the entire volume is treated.
MRgFUS may be used to treat benign uterine fibroids (myomas) without surgery. This incision-free, uterine-sparing approach offers an important alternative to treatments such as hysterectomy, myomectomy and UAE (uterine artery embolisation). Dr. Crowe, through the Birmingham Fibroid Clinic, is now in a position to offer this state of the art treatment at the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. The initial assessment visit includes an MRI scan to determine whether or not the fibroids present are suitable for this treatment. MRgFUS may also be used to treat anenomyosis.