Alternative to zap uterine fibroids could work for some women

March 16, 2010 2:02:21 PM PDT
There's a possible alternative to zap uterine fibroids that may provide hundreds of women with a different option. It's called focused ultrasound.

Radiologists are guided by MRI to zap the fibroids using tightly focused ultrasound.

In a new study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's annual meeting, 74 percent of women said their improvement of symptoms was excellent while 16 percent said the improvement was considerable.

Currently, these non cancerous tumors are treated in many different ways including the more invasive hysterectomy or the less invasive uterine fibroid emoblization. But doctors say it's not practical to offer this technique to every woman because it takes several hours and can only penetrate limited distance beneath the skin.