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In recent years high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has received increasing interest as a non-invasive modality for the treatment of tumours of solid organs. Surgeons continue their quest to find the optimal technique whereby a diseased organ can be treated with a minimum of damage to the patient, while providing a comprehensive treatment to produce either cure or resolution of symptoms. Two of the areas in which HIFU is beginning to establish itself as a real therapeutic alternative, are in the treatment of abdominal and gynaecological disease. In this paper, we will review the literature available regarding the use of HIFU in the treatment of various organs: liver, kidney, pancreas, bladder, uterus and vulva.


Journal article


Int J Hyperthermia

Publication Date





173 - 182


Abdomen, Female, Genital Diseases, Female, Humans, Kidney Neoplasms, Leiomyoma, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Ultrasonic Therapy, Urinary Bladder Neoplasms, Uterine Neoplasms