Published: Feb. 6, 2008
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
To treat uterine fibroids, Duke offers non-invasive MRI-focused ultrasound -- a promising technique that is less invasive than traditional treatments such as hysterectomy and myomectomy.
The procedure uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to remove fibroids without impacting the surrounding healthy tissue. The non-invasive technique uses an MRI thermal imaging system to continuously measure temperature changes inside the body, pinpointing and guiding the treatment.
Patients who have undergone this procedure have experienced 83 percent fewer physician visits, 66 percent fewer additional diagnostic tests, and 66 percent fewer additional procedures.
Your doctor will give you a sedative and pain medication to help you relax before the procedure. You’ll lie on your stomach inside the MRI scanner, and your treatment team will be in the next room speaking with you over a two-way communication system.
Your doctor will inform you when images are being taken and when ultrasound waves are heating portions of your uterus. It is normal to feel a warming sensation during the procedure.
You will be conscious during the entire procedure, which will last between 90 minutes and three hours. After the limited sedation wears off, you’ll be able to go home and resume normal activity.
To learn more about MRI-guided focused ultrasound and other treatments available at Duke, contact the Duke Women's Health Associates at 919-206-4880, option 2, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.