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HIFU – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

HIFU provides prostate cancer patients with a noninvasive, radiation-free treatment alterative. It is used to heat and destroy targeted tissue during an outpatient procedure.

Central Ohio Urology Group is pleased to be among the designated practices in the country offering HIFU.

HIFU is safe, minimally invasive and radiation free! You will get to go home the same day and even get back to your regular activities the next.

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Benefits of HIFU over traditional prostate cancer treatments

STEP 1 - Image

Transducer in probe acquires images of the prostate

STEP 2 - Plan

Physician plans or maps out which tissue to target

STEP 3 - Treat

Small lesions are created in the prostate at the mapped out focal points. This is repeated until all targeted tissue is destroyed.

What is HIFU?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of cancerous tissue in the prostate. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. However, at the focal point of the sound waves the tissue temperature rises rapidly to 90 degrees Celsius, destroying the targeted tissue. The same principles are used when light is focused through a magnifying glass.

With HIFU, physicians have the ability to target and treat a small amount of tissue, which minimizes damage to areas around the prostate. This helps preserve normal urinary function and minimizes risk of erectile dysfunction.

How does HIFU work?

HIFU is a minimally invasive option that utilizes Sonablate® technology. This state-of-the-art medical device obtains real-time ultrasound images of the prostate and surrounding area through a probe placed in the rectum. From these images, the physician precisely defines the treatment zones in order to safely destroy the targeted tissue. HIFU is typically performed in COUG’s state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center under intravenous sedation. The radiation-free treatment is usually performed one time on an outpatient basis, but can be repeated as necessary without causing adverse effects to surrounding tissues.

Dr. Rush Patel is the only physician performing HIFU in the Central Ohio region.

Dr. Patel was featured on Fox28 Columbus to discuss the HIFU (Prostate Cancer & High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment for prostate cancer.

HIFU resources

Ask the HIFU Expert – Rush Patel, MD of Central Ohio Urology Group
Central Ohio doctors among few in nation to provide HIFU treatment
Patient guide to the HIFU treatment for prostate cancer
Patient stories about about why they chose HIFU
Sonablate® – the first HIFU device cleared in the USA
HPS offers these essential services to every HIFU patient
Doctor testimonials – why they choose HIFU for themselves

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