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Near total (> 90%) ablation of anterior wall fibroid

Case Study
Dr. Raghunatharao, Ramachandra Medall-Clumax Banagalore • India
Dr. Kale, Sudhir , M.D. Clumax Diagnostics - a Medall Company • India
Mr. Pinto, Raymand, B.Sc. Clumax • India

Patient history

A 38-year-old mother of 2 children presented with severe menorrhagia and pelvic pain.
Ultrasound scan showed anterior wall fibroid, 6cmX5cm.

She was not responding to conservative management and was referred to MR-HIFU, as she was not a surgical candidate due to a pre-existing cardiac condition i.e. Pulmonary hypertension.

The UFS-QOL was performed prior to MR-HIFU therapy with a score of 111/185.

MR examination

The T2-weighted planning images showed an intramural fibroid located on the anterior wall measuring approximately 5.8cm x 5cm x 5cm with a volume of 75cc.

T1-weighted contrast-enhanced imaging showed a fibroid with dark signal intensity, which was classified as Type I based on the Funaki classification system.

MR-HIFU treatment

Sonalleve MR-HIFU V2 system with R3.2L2 version software was used.

These T2-weighted planning images show treatment cell placement

A total of 7/ 8 mm treatment cells, 9/ 12 mm treatment cells and 13/14 mm treatment cells were used for therapy. Total sonication time was 129 minutes.

Type I fibroid, patient co-operated well and the result being > 90%.
She tolerated the prone position well and did not have any issues related to her hypertension.

Post-treatment MR images

T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment coronal and transaxial images.
T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment sagittal images.


Post-procedure gadolinium-enhanced THRIVE images were showing:

The ablated area was measured at 69cc, giving 92% NPV based on a total fibroid volume of 75cc.
Osirix software was used to calculate the volume slice-by-slice.

No complications were reported during MR-HIFU therapy. Patient had  no skin irritation or no complications related to her medical condition. 

3 months follow-up

 T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment coronal image T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment sagital image T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment transaxial image
T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment coronal image
T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment sagital image
T1-weighted, contrast-enhanced post-treatment transaxial image
In the 3 months follow-up the reduction of the NPV is 58cc (from 75cc).
The UFS-QOF score was 49. On the treatment day it was 111.

Case considerations

With her cardiac illness, the patient was a high risk surgical candidate and hence the treating physician did not want to pursue a surgical procedure. The patient observed no relief with conservative management, making MR-HIFU one of few available options. With an NPV of 92% we would anticipate durable treatment outcomes based on the studies by LeBlang, Steward and Okada.


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Achieva 1.5T, Sonalleve MR-HIFU
Release 3.2
MRgHIFU, MR-HIFU, Oncology, Pelvis, Uterine fibroid, Uterus, Women's health

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