HIFU thermal ablation treatment

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology

HIFU technology ablates prostate tissue by focusing high-intensity ultrasound waves on the affected area, causing localized heating that destroys the cells in the gland without damaging the healthy surrounding tissue. Focused ultrasound works in the same way as rays of sunlight that pass through a magnifying glass and are concentrated at a single point, causing a significant temperature rise around the focal point. Thermal ablation is a non-invasive (incisionless and radiation-free) procedure that has been used in humans since 1993. With more than 45,000 treatments performed using a HIFU medical device, the HIFU treatment is recognized by orders of urology specialists in several countries across the world.




Last update 20 June 2018.

  • Glossary
  • Gland
    Small organ that produces one or more substances in the body.
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
    Medical technique that treats tumors by using focused ultrasound pulses to generate heat.
  • Non-invasive
    Describes medical procedures that do not require an incision to be made in the skin.
  • Prostate
    Gland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
  • Thermal ablation
    Treatment using the Ablatherm HIFU® or Focal One® devices
  • Ultrasound
    Painless medical imaging examination performed using an ultrasound scanner.
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