What is HIFU
HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a state of the art technology utilizing the power of ultrasound to destroy deep seated prostate tissue without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue. The HIFU energy is focused sharply from the transducer surface to the targeted tissue in the prostate. Temperature is elevated in the targeted tissue up to 90 degrees C within one second causing cell death. The therapy consists of placing HIFU lesions (each requiring only a few seconds to create) side - by - side until the entire prostate gland has been "painted" with HIFU energy and the gland is destroyed. HIFU, readily available at our affiliated International treatment centers in Mexico and in the Bahamas, is only approved by the FDA for investigational use within the United States.
A Closer Look
The HIFU procedure works in much the same way as a magnifying glass works with the rays of the sun. When a child takes a magnifying glass and points it towards the sun, the sunšs rays are focused at a specific point just past the lens. A leaf or stick that is placed at this point will burn because of the intense heat created by the focused light rays. However, before this point and beyond this point, the light is harmless. That point where the sunšs rays are hot is known as the focal point.
In a similar fashion, HIFU allows the physician to focus intense ultrasound waves at a single focal point. At that point alone, the tissue is heated and destroyed. In the HIFU procedure the magnifying glass is traded for the transducer, and the sunšs rays are traded for sound waves. The basic scientific principle, however, remains the same. Because the sound waves are only damaging at the focal point, they can safely travel through the tissue surrounding the prostate without causing damage.
Prostate Cancer Treatment with HIFU
When a physician is treating prostate cancer with HIFU, he will target a specific number of focal zones within the prostate gland. The physician will also capture images of the gland during treatment. This allows him to monitor the progress as the prostate is destroyed and tailor the treatment to the patientšs unique physiology.
When used to treat prostate cancer, HIFU generally takes less than three hours. It rarely needs to be repeated and does not leave behind radiation or other damaging materials. To find out if you qualify for HIFU, contact us or call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Verni
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:_The SonablateŽ 500 is not approved for use in the U.S. The SonablateŽ 500 remains investigational in the U.S. and is being studied for the treatment of prostate cancer in clinical trials in the U.S. FDA has made no decision as to the safety or efficacy of the SonablateŽ 500 for the treatment of prostate cancer. Currently, the device is approved for the treatment of prostate cancer in Canada and the Dominican Republic, authorized in Argentina, and available in the Bahamas and Mexico.__If the SonablateŽ 500 is approved by the FDA for use in the U.S., there is no assurance that instructions for use or the specifications of the device will be the same as the device and treatment approved or authorized in other countries outside of the U.S.