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Dr. George Carothers is a leader and expert in minimally invasive treatment options for prostate cancer.


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All About HIFU

Minimally Invasive Procedure

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a precise and targeted noninvasive therapy for loca- lized prostate cancer. HIFU uses ultrasound... cancer.

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HIFU is Minimially Invasive Prostate Cancer Theapy

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a therapy that destroys tissue with rapid heat elevation, which essentially "cooks" the tissue. Ultrasound energy, or sound waves, is focused at a specific location and at that "focal point" the temperature raises to 90 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds.

Over 9,000 men, in over 100 HIFU centers worldwide, have already chosen HIFU with the Sonablate® 500, because it is the most advanced HIFU therapy available.

Explore the website to learn more about Sonablate HIFU for prostate cancer treatment and its availability outside the United States in countries where is is approved, authorized or otherwise permitted.

  • HIFU has distinct therapeutic advantages over traditional prostate cancer therapies.
  • Takes only one to four hours (depending on prostate size)
  • Performed as an out-patient procedure under a spinal (epidural) anesthesia. Recovery time is minimal.
  • Patients are usually up and walking around within hours after the procedure and may return to a normal lifestyle within a couple of days.
  • Unlike radiation, HIFU is non-ionizing so it can be repeated, if necessary, without damaging healthy tissue. This means that HIFU can also be used as a salvage technique if other prostate cancer treatments fail.
  • The Sonablate® is the only truly non-invasive HIFU therapy that does not require a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), an invasive surgical procedure, prior to HIFU in order to achieve effective results.
  • HIFU destroys cancerous tissue. During HIFU, patient is not exposed to any radiation.
  • No hospital stay is required.
  • HIFU is performed under local anesthesia.
  • HIFU can be used to treat locally recurrent prostate cancer.
  • HIFU is repeatable, if necessary.
  • Treatment is non surgical and only lasts 1-4 hours.
  • HIFU can be used to treat locally recurrent prostate cancer.
  • After HIFU, if needed, patients may pursue other treatment options.

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