MRI-guided focused ultrasound for treatment of uterine fibroids

Chen S
Record ID 32005000355
English, French
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The aim of this report is to review the available information on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound, a minimally invasive alternative to surgical and less invasive treatments for uterine fibroids.

Authors' recommendations: As effect on fertility is unknown, the technology has only been used in pre- or peri-menopausal women who do not desire a future pregnancy. Given the high prevalence of uterine fibroids and the non-invasive nature of this treatment, wide acceptance by women with symptomatic fibroids might be expected - if its ability to maintain fertility can be shown. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided focused ultrasound provides a minimally invasive opportunity to treat symptomatic fibroids in an outpatient setting. It offers potential advantages over surgical treatments, such as shorter recovery time and fewer complications. Multiple treatments may be required; some patients will ultimately require a hysterectomy because of the fibroid regrowth and symptom recurrence. Application is in an early phase. Cost-benefit is unknown. Studies are needed of the long-term effectiveness of this procedure, both in a larger study group and in comparative studies with other uterine-sparing methods such as ultrasound-guided-focused ultrasound and uterine fibroid embolization.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2005
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Leiomyoma
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Ultrasonic Therapy
  • Ultrasonography
Organisation Name: Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment
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