HIFU, which is short for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is the focusing of high intensity sound waves to create heat at a specific point, called the focal point. With state-of-the-art technology, HIFU can be used to destroy targeted tissue during a procedure that is individually customized for each patient’s prostate cancer treatment. When HIFU energy is delivered to a specific location within the body, the tissue temperature at the focal point is elevated to nearly 195 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of seconds, resulting in tissue destruction, while the tissue outside the focal point remains unharmed.
HIFU is a revolutionary form of treatment for organ-confined disease that allows treatment of prostate cancer without radiation and without having to make a surgical incision in the body.
How does HIFU work?
The HIFU technique consists of the release of energy through an endorectal probe. The ultrasound waves travel through the rectum walls without causing any damage to the tissue, which are instead focused on the prostate.
In order to understand the basic concept of how HIFU works an analogy can be drawn between HIFU burning prostate tissue and sun rays entering a magnifying glass to burn a leaf. When a magnifying glass is held above a leaf in the correct position on a sunny day the sun’s rays intersect below the lens and cause the leaf to burn at the point of intersection.
If you insert your hand into the path of either one of the sun’s rays individually, away from the point of intersection, there is no significant heat felt or harm caused. Alternatively, if you place your hand at the point of intersection you will be burned.
The scientific principles at work in this example are the same as those with HIFU. Instead of light as the energy source, HIFU utilizes sound. Instead of a magnifying glass, HIFU uses a transducer. Just as the individual ray does not burn the hand, the individual sound wave does not burn the tissue it travels through.
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