Image-Guided Tumor Ablation
Image-Guided Tumor Ablation (IGTA) procedures are minimally invasive treatments which use extreme temperatures to destroy tumors. In ablation, a thin, needle-like probe is inserted through the skin into a small tumor.
Ultrasound, CT scan, or MR imaging is then used to guide the probe into the tumor. Once in place, the probe emits either heat (microwaves or high-energy radio waves) or cold (Cryoablation) to kill the tumor.
Ablation procedures can be used on tumors in the liver, bone, kidney, lung, adrenals, neck, and soft tissue.
How is IGTA used?
- Performed alone for non-surgical tumors or with non-surgical candidates such as the frail elderly
- Used as in addition to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation
- Performed as a curative therapy
- Utilized as a palliative therapy to shrink tumors to alleviate pain and improve quality of life
The benefits of ablation
- Usually performed on an outpatient basis with minimal sedation
- Requires a shorter hospital stay and recovery time compared to traditional surgical procedures
- Minimal risk of infection or blood loss
- Less trauma to adjacent tissues
- Low complication rate
- Can be repeated if new tumors develop
- Can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments
- May be used to treat tumors when surgery or radiation are not options
- Can relieve pain