Microwave tumors ablation: Principles, clinical applications and review of preliminary experiences

ArticleinInternational Journal of Surgery (London, England) 6 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S65-9 · January 2009with22 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2008.12.028 · Source: PubMed
Local ablative techniques have been developed to enable local control of unresectable tumors. Ablation has been performed with several modalities including ethanol ablation, laser ablation, cryoablation, and radiofrequency ablation. Microwave technology is a new thermal ablation technique for different types of tumors, providing all the benefits of radiofrequency and substantial advantages. Microwave ablation has been applied to liver, lung, kidney and more rarely to bone, pancreas and adrenal glands. Preliminary works show that microwave ablation may be a viable alternative to other ablation techniques in selected patients. However further studies are necessary to confirm short- and long-term effectiveness of the methods and to compare it with other ablative techniques, especially RF.
    • "Moreover, new devices achieve a more reproducible and controlled ablation area by controlling the change of dielectric properties during treatment, thanks to the integration of some levels of control (e.g., thermal control, field control, and wavelength control) [27]. MWA has been recently introduced for the treatment of lung and liver tumor, and some data are also available about pancreatic cancer [28,29]. Radiofrequency Ablation. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: During recent decades, minimally invasive thermal treatments (i.e., Radiofrequency ablation, Laser ablation, Microwave ablation, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound ablation, and Cryo-ablation) have gained widespread recognition in the field of tumor removal. These techniques induce a localized temperature increase or decrease to remove the tumor while the surrounding healthy tissue remains intact. An accurate measurement of tissue temperature may be particularly beneficial to improve treatment outcomes, because it can be used as a clear end-point to achieve complete tumor ablation and minimize recurrence. Among the several thermometric techniques used in this field, fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several attractive features: high flexibility and small size of both sensor and cabling, allowing insertion of FOSs within deep-seated tissue; metrological characteristics, such as accuracy (better than 1°C), sensitivity (e.g., 10 pm°C⁻¹ for Fiber Bragg Gratings), and frequency response (hundreds of kHz), are adequate for this application; immunity to electromagnetic interference allows the use of FOSs during Magnetic Resonance- or Computed Tomography-guided thermal procedures. In this review the current status of the most used FOSs for temperature monitoring during thermal procedure (e.g., fiber Bragg Grating sensors; fluoroptic sensors) is presented, with emphasis placed on their working principles and metrological characteristics. The essential physics of the common ablation techniques are included to explain the advantages of using FOSs during these procedures.
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    • "Adjuvant techniques to occlude hepatic vascular inflow may be considered to minimize local tissue cooling, such as the Pringle maneuver, embolization [18] or the use of angioplasty balloons [5, 19, 20]. Technically, MWA has been propagated as the modality of choice over RFA when treating lesions located in close proximity to a sizeable vessel larger than 3mm in diameter [21]. In the present study the heat sink effect in hepatic microwave ablation was systematically assessed in an ex vivo porcine model. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To demonstrate and quantify the heat sink effect in hepatic microwave ablation (MWA) in a standardized ex vivo model, and to analyze the influence of vessel distance and blood flow on lesion volume and shape. 108 ex vivo MWA procedures were performed in freshly harvested pig livers. Antennas were inserted parallel to non-perfused and perfused (700,1400 ml/min) glass tubes (diameter 5mm) at different distances (10, 15, 20mm). Ablation zones (radius, area) were analyzed and compared (Kruskal-Wallis Test, Dunn's multiple comparison Test). Temperature changes adjacent to the tubes were measured throughout the ablation cycle. Maximum temperature decreased significantly with increasing flow and distance (p<0.05). Compared to non-perfused tubes, ablation zones were significantly deformed by perfused tubes within 15mm distance to the antenna (p<0.05). At a flow rate of 700ml/min ablation zone radius was reduced to 37.2% and 80.1% at 10 and 15mm tube distance, respectively; ablation zone area was reduced to 50.5% and 89.7%, respectively. Significant changes of ablation zones were demonstrated in a pig liver model. Considerable heat sink effect was observed within a diameter of 15mm around simulated vessels, dependent on flow rate. This has to be taken into account when ablating liver lesions close to vessels.
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    • "Thermal ablation technology is a rapidly emerging alternative to surgical resection for many benign and malignant tumours of the liver, lung, kidney and bone [1][2][3][4][5]. Ablation is also being investigated for the treatment of other solid tumours in organs such as the breast, prostate, adrenal glands, pancreas and uterus [6][7][8][9][10][11][12]. Non-oncological applications include treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as a means for haemostasis during surgical resection [13][14][15]. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract Microwave tissue heating is being increasingly utilised in several medical applications, including focal tumour ablation, cardiac ablation, haemostasis and resection assistance. Computational modelling of microwave ablations is a precise and repeatable technique that can assist with microwave system design, treatment planning and procedural analysis. Advances in coupling temperature and water content to electrical and thermal properties, along with tissue contraction, have led to increasingly accurate computational models. Developments in experimental validation have led to broader acceptability and applicability of these newer models. This review will discuss the basic theory, current trends and future direction of computational modelling of microwave ablations.
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