How does MR guided focused ultrasound treatment work?What is MRgFUS?
MRgFUS is a noninvasive FDA approved treatment for uterine fibroids that uses ultrasound waves to create heat that damages fibroids. To undergo treatment, a woman lies on her abdomen on an MRI table with the focused ultrasound equipment underneath her. Using MRI to visualize the fibroids, a radiologist directs focused ultrasound waves into the fibroid that produce high temperatures of 65-850C. This heat causes cell death within the fibroid. The MRI allows the radiologist to visualize the entire pelvis so that the focused ultrasound waves do not injure organs adjacent to the fibroid, such as the bladder. The goal of MRgFUS is for the fibroids to decrease in size and improve fibroid symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain.

Do I need to stay in the hospital after MRgFUS?
No. MRgFUS is an outpatient procedure. You will need to stay for about 1 hour after the procedure and then you will need someone to accompany you on the way home. Women return to their normal activities 1-2 days after the procedure.

Can my fibroids be treated by MRgFUS?
Women who are having symptoms related to fibroids such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure, or urinary frequency may be eligible for MRgFUS. At your initial visit, you and the gynecologist, in collaboration with the radiologist, will discuss whether your fibroids can be treated by MRgFUS. We will discuss your symptoms and your treatment goals, and review the position and size of your fibroids with radiology imaging (pelvic ultrasound and/or MRI). We will also review with you other possible treatment options for your fibroid-related symptoms including nonsurgical and surgical possibilities.

How can I make an appointment for MRgFUS?
If you are interested in undergoing MRgFUS for your fibroids, please call our office at (415) 885-7788 and press option 1. Please tell the receptionist you are interested in "Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Fibroids".