WHAT IS A HIFU?
HIFU is a medical procedure that uses ultrasound waves to treat certain conditions, such as tumors, uterine fibroids, and tremors. HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound, which means that the ultrasound waves are concentrated on a specific target area, where they create heat and destroy the abnormal tissue. HIFU can be used as an alternative to surgery or radiation therapy, as it is less invasive and has fewer side effects.
ABOUT THE HIFU PROCEDURE
The HIFU procedure is usually done in a hospital or a clinic by a trained doctor or technician. The procedure may take from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the type and size of the area being treated. The procedure may require general or local anesthesia, sedation, or pain medication, depending on the patient’s condition and preference. The procedure involves using a device that emits ultrasound waves through the skin or a probe inserted into the body. The device is guided by imaging techniques, such as ultrasound or MRI, to locate the target area and monitor the treatment. The ultrasound waves create a small zone of high temperature, which destroys the tissue without harming the surrounding organs.