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HIFU treatment – Step by step guide

 

1.  The patient is lying on the right side during the procedure.

 

 

 

2.  The image illustrates the position of the probe relative to the rectum.

 

 

 

3.  Thanks to the proximity of the prostate to the rectum wall, treatment is optimally carried out in the intrarectal position.

 

 

4.  The probe is now inserted into the rectum up to the level of the prostate. The bladder is located above and the urethra passes through the prostate.

 

 

 

5.  The imaging transducer in the center of the probe scans the prostate to create a precise three-dimensional computer reconstruction of the area to be treated.

 

 

 

6.  The entire prostate is scanned and reconstructed through the movements of the probe and the computer program.

 

 

 

7.  On the screen, the doctor plans every step of the treatment with extreme precision.

 

 

 

 

8.  Finally, the device automatically determines the optimal number of lesions following the planning carried out by the urologist.

 

 

 

9.  After the procedure, an MRI can confirm the treated area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update 20 June 2018. 

  • Glossary
  • Bladder
    Organ in which urine accumulates before being expelled from the body.
  • Prostate
    Gland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
  • Rectum
    Final section of the large intestine, ending at the anus.
  • Urethra
    Tube leading from the bladder through which urine leaves the body. The urethra also carries semen during an ejaculation.
  • Urologist
    Physician who specializes in urinary and genital conditions.
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