HIFU – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound
Central Ohio Urology Group is pleased to be among the designated practices in the country offering HIFU.
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Benefits of HIFU over traditional prostate cancer treatments
STEP 1 - Image
STEP 2 - Plan
STEP 3 - Treat
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.