What is The Exablate Treatment?
The Exablate treatment is a non-invasive procedure that helps relieve pain caused by bone metastases for patients who have failed, who are not eligible for or who refuse radiation therapy. The Exablate treatment uses two proven technologies: High intensity focused ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Ultrasound is energy that passes through skin, muscle and fat without harm. At the point where the ultrasound beams converge, heat is generated. This heat ablates, or destroys, the nerves at the outermost layer of the affected bone. These nerves are responsible for conducting the sensation of pain from the metastases to the brain, therefore ablating them stops the sensation of pain.
Pain relief is usually felt within a few days enabling patients to return to normal activity. Pain relief has proven to be sustainable for at least 3 months.1
*Be sure to discuss the Exablate treatment advantages and risks with your physician.
The Exablate treatment is performed with the patient lying in an MRI scanner. The MRI scanner is the eyes of the treatment, giving the physician a 3-dimensional view inside the patient’s body and specifically the treatment area. MRI enables clear identification of the bone metastasis and also confirms heating at the target during the procedure.
Exablate is FDA approved and has CE mark for pain palliation of bone metastases.
Additional in-depth information about focused ultrasound treatment for pain palliation of bone metastases is available on the INSIGHTEC website.
Be sure to discuss the Exablate treatment advantages and risks with your physician.