Noninvasive ultrasound treatment shrinks fibroids

A brand new and totally non-invasive procedure that uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to heat and destroy uterine fibroid tissue has been shown to significantly reduce and/or relieve the symptoms associated with fibroids in the women suffering from them.

Magnetic resonance-guided, focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) is a procedure which allows a trained  radiologist to target fibroids specifically and preventing damage to any of the surrounding healthy tissues.

Fiona M.  Fennessy, M.D., Ph.D., who is the instructor in radiology at the Harvard Medical School and the lead researcher said “This treatment immediately stops blood flow in the fibroid tissue, which results in a significant, sustained decrease in symptoms for up to 12 months,”.

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(Image courtesy: Large subserosal fibroid, Hic et nunc – Own work)


  1. I was diagnosed with fibroids in 1998. Over the years they have been growing in size but have remained (and still are) asymptomatic. My latest check up (last month) shows that I am now menopausal (I had my last period in September 2010). My gynaecologist is worried by the size of the fibroids and advises surgery. I am not very inclined to undergo a hysterectomy: would MRgFUS be a suitable alternative procedure? It is available in the UK (at least privately) but I have read that it cannot be used on postmenopausal women.

    Thanks in advance for any advice on this matter

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