Study Shows Solid Longterm Outcomes with MRgFUS for Uterine Fibroids

July 29, 2011
108 Views

A study recently published in the journal Academic Radiology shows positive outcomes up to three years following treatment of uterine fibroids with MR-guided focused ultrasound.

In the study, 40 women with fibroids were treated with focused ultrasound. Researchers followed up with the women at three and six months, as well as one, two and three years. They found that the largest decrease in fibroid size occurred within the first six months and continued to happen over the three-year period.

A study recently published in the journal Academic Radiology shows positive outcomes up to three years following treatment of uterine fibroids with MR-guided focused ultrasound.

In the study, 40 women with fibroids were treated with focused ultrasound. Researchers followed up with the women at three and six months, as well as one, two and three years. They found that the largest decrease in fibroid size occurred within the first six months and continued to happen over the three-year period.

The researchers also found that the women had significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements during the three-year follow-up period. In addition, there were no minor or major complications related to the treatment.

In the study, 69 percent of the women saw no need for additional treatment. Nine patients did obtain additional treatment – a hysterectomy, myomectomy or uterine artery embolization (UAE or UFE). Interestingly, this retreatment rate is comparable to longterm studies on UAE, a minimally invasive procedure that blocks the blood supply to the fibroids.

Kim, et al. MR-guided High intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Symptomatic Uterine Leiomyomata: Longterm Outcomes. Academic Radiology, August 2011.

You may be interested

Care On The Road: How Telemedicine Can Reach Truck Drivers
Mobile Health
12 views
Mobile Health
12 views

Care On The Road: How Telemedicine Can Reach Truck Drivers

Larry Alton - August 21, 2017

Telemedicine is considered a powerful tool for individuals living in rural areas, far from adequate services or in need of…

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech
eHealth
3 views
eHealth
3 views

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech

Larry Alton - August 18, 2017

When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz glibly remarked that Americans struggling to afford insurance should choose between that and their smartphones,…

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software
eHealth
365 views
eHealth
365 views

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software

Robert Cordray - August 17, 2017

The medical sector is one area where technology has had a significant impact, largely by providing tools that simplify many…