Ultrasound-guided thermal ablation of malignant hepatic tumors

Hyunchul Rhim, Gerald D. Dodd, Glenn A. Halff

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Primary and secondary malignant hepatic tumors are some of the most common tumors in the world. Unfortunately chemotherapy and radiation therapy are ineffective against them. Surgical resection is considered the definitive curative option; however, only a few patients are surgical candidates. Recent results from multiple investigations indicate several minimally invasive management techniques are effective for treating those with primary and secondary malignant tumors, and that these techniques may likely replace surgical resection in the near future. In this article the authors will review the current thermal ablative techniques for malignant hepatic tumors including radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, and laser ablation. Aspects of each technique, including patient selection, equipment, management technique, and recent patient outcome, will be presented. The benefits and limitations of each technique will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalUltrasound quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1999


  • Interventional procedures
  • Laser ablation
  • Liver neoplasms
  • Microwave ablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Ultrasound guidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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