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.