HIFU, which is short for High Intensity Focused
Ultrasound, is a state-of-the-art technology acoustic ablation technique
that utilizes the power of ultrasound to destroy deep-seated tissue
with pinpoint accuracy for treatment of Prostate cancer. HIFU
focuses sound waves in a targeted area which rapidly increases
the temperature in the focal zone causing tissue destruction.
The control and precision of HIFU reduces the risk of common side
effects such as impotence and incontinence. HIFU is a 2-3 hour,
one-time procedure performed on an out-patient basis under spinal
or epidural anesthesia. 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.