Korean J Radiol.  2000 Dec;1(4):175-184. 10.3348/kjr.2000.1.4.175.

Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinomas

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hklim@smc.samsung.co.kr

Abstract

Although surgical resection remains the best option as potentially curative therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma, radiofrequency thermal ablation has begun to receive much attention as an effective minimally invasive technique for the local control of unresectable malignant hepatic tumors. Most recent radiofrequency devices equipped with a powerful generator and larger needle electrode permit larger thermal lesions, up to 5 cm in diameter, with a single ablation. In this article, the author reviews the technical developments and early clinical results obtained with radiofrequency ablation techniques.

Keyword

Liver neoplasms, CT; Liver neoplasms, US; Radiofrequency (RF) ablation
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