What is HIFU?
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound
Quality of Life Preservation
Low risk of side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction
Less time away from work and leisure activities
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive and effective option for prostate ablation with a low occurrence of side effects.
HIFU uses an ultrasound probe to scan the prostate and deliver high-intensity sound waves directed at the target area—similar to how a magnifying glass can focus light rays to burn a leaf. The probe is inserted into the rectum and does not require any incision.
The magnitude of ultrasound energy delivered rapidly raises the temperature at the focal point, causing coagulation necrosis (cell damage and death), without damaging healthy tissue and structures outside the targeted area.
Non-invasive robotic HIFU: How it works
No Blade, No Scar, No Radiation
The Ablatherm® is a state-of-the-art device. It uses a high performance, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology that allows the ablation of prostate tissue with minimal orbidity. This unique technology makes it possible to target and destroy a part of the prostate, sparing the rest of the organ and therefore minimizing side effects.
Instead of using radiation, high intensity sound waves are used to heat up and burn the targeted tissue, choking off the blood supply and causing cell death. This procedure is in no way a therapy roadblock, as it is repeatable and can be followed, like for a prostatectomy, by external radiotherapy. It preserves the erectile nerves and urinary sphincter thanks to the precise targeting of lesions.
At the end of the procedure, a temporary urinary catheter will be placed in order to limit the risk of urinary retention due to the temporary swelling. This catheter can be removed at the first follow-up visit.
Typical follow-up will include PSA testing at three months, six months, and one year, to evaluate the result.
HIFU Focal Ablation of Prostate
Focal strategy for prostate conditions is playing a growing role in today’s clinical management. By combining the latest imaging and ablation technologies, Focal One® brings the answer to current requirements for ideal focal therapy: accurate MRI and 3D Biopsy image fusion, non-invasive approach, as well as precise and efficient HIFU energy.