Should I Be Checked?

  • Family history of cancer?
  • Love red meat?
  • Over 30 years old?

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How Does it Work?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a therapy that destroys tissue with heat, which actually cooks the tissue. Ultrasound energy is focused at a specific location and it can raise the temperature to almost 90 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds. Any tissue at this focus point is destroyed; however, any tissue outside the focal point remains unharmed.

Hifu SpecialistThis technology has produced results in treating prostate tumors that are comparable to existing standard therapies including radiation therapy, radical surgery and cryosurgery. Because ultrasound energy is a source of heat, it does not use ionizing radiation and is truly non-invasive.

The Sonoblade 500 is a non-invasive medical device developed by Focus Surgery Inc. (Indianapolis) that uses high-intensity ultrasound to treat prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement. The Sonoblade 500 is a revolutionary way to treat prostate cancer. It certainly appears to be a safer treatment for the thousands of men who will be diagnosed with this disease.

Ultrasound images of the prostate and surrounding areas are obtained and processed by the machine. The software the machine allows the surgeon to precisely define the treatment zones noted to destroy the entire prostate gland. Unlike radiation therapy, high-intensity ultrasound does not use radiation resulting in the following advantages:

  • It can be repeated if necessary to extend out of the zone of destruction.
  • It can be used as a salvage technique if other prostate cancer treatments fail.

High energy ultrasound is most effective for men who have early stage localized prostate cancer. It is recommenced that you discuss your individual medical records and history with a physician in order to confirm whether you are a candidate for high intensity ultrasound. Typical patients in the salvage setting are those who would have radiation therapy and discover that the cancer has returned years later or patients who have a local reoccurrence after receiving radical surgery.