Situ Thermal Ablation of Focal Liver Neoplasms, with a Special
Emphasis on the Intraoperative Ultrasound-guided Radio Frequency
Horatiu Branda1, Liviu
Vlad2, Zeno Spârchez1, Radu Badea1, Luminita Furcea2,
Florin Graur2, Dan Miclaus2,
1) 3rd Medical Clinic,
Ultrasound Department. 2) 3 rd Surgical Clinic, UMF „Iuliu
In the last two decades
an important number of image-guided procedures have been developed
in order to treat focal liver tumors through ablation in a similar
way with the surgical procedure, which is still considered as
the curative method for patients with resectable hepatic tumours.
Unfortunately this criteria does not apply to all patients and
in those cases (nonsurgical patients), the techniques are becoming
frequently used as standard independent or adjuvant therapies.
Tumour ablation using thermal procedures is now considered as
one of the most promising among these alternative ablation therapies.
It is the goal of these techniques together with the continuous
improvement in technology and increasing clinical experience,
to become the treatment of choice for limited liver tumours,
challenging surgical resection.
Focal liver tumours
– thermal ablation – intraoperative radio frequency