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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound May Help Treat Prostate Cancer
For prostate cancer patients high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) might be a new hope. This revolutionary technique using powerful sound waves to melt away prostate cancer without distressing side effects is ready to help people. The HIFU technology has been used for years in China, Russia, Holland, England, Germany, Sweden, Lebanon, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and so on. HIFU is not used just for prostate cancer treatment, it is also used with a high degree of success to treat liver cancers. There are many ongoing trials of other soft tissue cancers.
How high intensity focused ultrasound works? Does patients fell any pain?
How long they need to recover?
Well, HIFU cuts nothing and to all purposes and intents it is not really a vibration, not unless you count radar light waves, radio waves, etc as "vibrations". In fact high intensity focused ultrasound are vibrations of course, but not in the way that you are concerning yourself about creating a pain.
HIFU is ultrasound ( like doctors use for scanning pregnant women), but with the intensity and volume turned up. Their waves are focused right down to the size of a small grain of rice. To be more intuitive, perhaps many of you remember what we did in our childhood with a magnifiying lens and a piece of paper.
These high intensity focused ultrasound waves pass through your body like the magnified waves of sunlight causing no harm at all, until they reach the focal point, the ill area, where the short burst blasts the bad cells at that focal point into eternity.
The high temperature generated at that focal point actually boils all the ill cells in that rice grain sized area within few seconds. Then the professional lets that area to cool down and moves the HIFU on to the next focal point. One after another, no harm, no pain, no discomfort.
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