Frequently Asked Questions
What is Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS)?
Magnetic Resonance guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) is the only non-invasive procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids which is approved by the FDA (click to view the FDA approval letter). MRgFUS is a completely non-invasive and non-surgical alternative to hysterectomy, myomectomy and other invasive surgery. MRgFUS requires no blood loss or hospitalization. MRgFUS also preserves the uterus and cervix, offering significant improvement in quality of life for patients, while decreasing menstrual bleeding and urinary dysfunction. Because it is an outpatient procedure, patients typically return to work and normal activities the next day.
During this outpatient procedure, the patient lies inside an MRI scanner especially equipped for this procedure. The MRI scanner provides three-dimensional images of the fibroid and surrounding tissue, enabling precise guidance of the ultrasound waves to the target tissue. Highly focused ultrasound waves are directed into the body, and at the focal point, the ultrasound waves raise the temperature of the tissue, leading to its destruction. The thermal imaging capabilities of the MR scanner provides real-time feedback of the temperature achieved at the target tissue during the treatment. This is fundamental in ensuring quality outcomes.
What is ExAblate® 2000?
ExAblate® 2000 is the patented device developed by InSightec and approved by the FDA for the MRgFUS treatment. The device works with an MR scanner to enable the physician to determine the level of heating and to monitor the progress of treatment during and after the procedure.
What does a patient feel during the procedure?
Patients remain conscious during the procedure so they may communicate with the physician; however, they do receive a mild sedation. Many patients report a feeling of warmth and momentary cramping in the abdominal area.
How long does the procedure last?
The treatment typically takes three hours, depending on the size of the targeted fibroid.
How long after the treatment will I feel relief of my symptoms?
Depending on your initial symptoms, most patients find relief from their fibroid-related problems within three months of treatment.
Are there any risks associated with the MRgFUS procedure?
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks involved. Possible risks with MRgFUS include skin burns, back or leg pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge and/or urinary infection. The incidence of these complication has been very low.
Who performs the procedure?
A Board Certified physician, specifically trained in the MRgFUS application. Patient care is a joint collaboration between the OB/GYN physician and a radiologist.
Where is University Image Guided Therapy Center Located:
3848 FAU Boulevard, Suite 200
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