Laser and radiofrequency ablation procedures

Roberto Valcavi, Angelo Bertani, Marialaura Pesenti, Laura Raifa Al Jandali Rifa'Y, Andrea Frasoldati, Debora Formisano, Claudio M. Pacella

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Several ultrasound-guided interventional procedures have been proposed to treat benign thyroid nodules without open surgery. The basic principle is to destroy thyroid nodular tissue by physical means. Percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) was introduced in 1990 and it has since proven to be very helpful in cystic benign thyroid nodules, whereas it is poorly effective in solid lesions and is discussed in Chapter 11. HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a promising new interventional US-guided technique for solid nodules, illustrated in Chapter 13.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThyroid Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided FNA: Second Edition
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780387776330
Publication statusPublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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