Authors:Csanád Várallyay, György Balázs, Zsuzsanna Lénárd, Viktor Bérczi, Zorán Belics, Gábor Bajzik, Paul Wragg, Kálmán Hüttl, and Ferenc Jolesz
Rationale and Objectives: MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) is an evolving thermoablative technique for treatment of benign and malignant soft tissue tumors. The feasibility and effectiveness of this non-invasive method has been tested by several investigators by treating uterine fibroid. The aim of the present study was to evaluate early and mid-term efficacy of MRgFUS treatment using MR imaging follow-ups. Materials and Methods: 38 patients with uterine fibroids were enrolled and treated by MRgFUS in a single center. MRI follow-up exams were performed 3 and 6 months after the procedure. Total fibroid volumes (FV) and non-perfused volumes (NPV) were compared and evaluated over time. Results: There was a significant reduction of FV at 3- and 6-month follow-ups (10±19%, p=0.022 and 19±29%, p<0.001, respectively). In the subgroup of fibroids smaller than 5.4 cm in diameter a 35±18% volume reduction was found after 6 months. There was also a positive correlation found between the early NPV and the FV decrease at 3- and 6-months follow-ups. Conclusion: This study suggests that MRgFUS can effectively coagulate uterine fibroid tissue. Smaller UFs can be most effectively treated within reasonable time with the used equipment.