At Elite RF, we have the privilege of developing RF Amplifiers that have applications in a variety of industries. One that is dear to our hearts is the ability to support cancer treatment through RF ablation. Here is a quick summary of the process and how RF plays a role.
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a common, minimally invasive cancer treatment that uses heat to destroy malignancies. With imaging techniques like computed tomography, ultrasound, and MRI, a thin electrode is guided into a tumor. Then, high-frequency currents are passed through to strategically placed grounds, creating concentrated heat that destroys any cancer cells near the electrode.
Like RF ablation, microwave ablation or MWA is another minimally invasive treatment for various cancers. It also uses MRI and CT imagery to guide the placement of a thin probe into a liver tumor. Here, microwaves are used to heat and destroy liver tumors. RF ablation and MWA can be used on several tumors at once, and the treatment can be restarted if a patient’s cancer returns.
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