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For 60 years, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been the subject of interest for medical research. HIFU causes tissue necrosis in a very well defined area, at a variable distance from the transducer, through heating or cavitation. Over the past two decades, the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound has been investigated in many clinical settings. This review summarises recent advances made in the field of renal cancer in particular, and gives an overview on the use of the extracorporeal machines in the treatment of other malignant tumours.

Original publication




Journal article


Ultrason Sonochem

Publication Date





654 - 658


Abdominal malignancy, HIFU, Mimimally invasive surgery, Animals, Brain Neoplasms, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation, Humans, Kidney Neoplasms, Liver Neoplasms