Several other countries, such as South Korea, have long invested in radiofrequency ablation equipment. Thyroid radiofrequency ablation is a non-surgical, minimally invasive therapy that shrinks symptomatic thyroid nodules — without harming the thyroid function or causing major complications.
It also allows patients to recover quickly and enjoy significant cosmetic benefits. Radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency waves to cauterize nodules and cysts. This procedure only requires local anesthesia.
The doctor simply inserts a thermal probe into the thyroid nodule and uses an imaging system to ensure safe and effective cauterization.
Then, the patient’s body will naturally break down the ablated tissue over time. This is a relatively painless procedure for the patient. And the patient can be dismissed from the clinic after a short period of icing on the neck.
Thyroid radiofrequency ablation is now the global preferred method for treating enlarged benign thyroid nodules. When treating thyroid nodules with RFA, you can improve patient outcomes, reduce risks and maximize your clinic’s financial results.
However, in this post, let’s explore radiofrequency ablation equipment and its key features—that way you can understand how to implement this procedure into your medical center.
The Alpinion E-Cube i7 is the most affordable and effective ultrasound system available. State-of-the-art hardware and advanced algorithms provide ideal image resolution and frame rate.
You can see the organic or non-organic structures that you’re scanning with intricate detail to enhance your surgeries and procedures.
It can be used for general medical environments and also specialized applications. This includes thyroid, head and neck ultrasounds, as well as breast, rheumatology, orthopedic applications, and more.
The E-Cube i7 has industry-leading speckle reduction, harmonic imaging, and spatial compounding thanks to Alpinion’s crystal signature transducers and proprietary algorithms.
Maintain a full visualization of the needle and patient tissues with ease. Physicians can control the device with a joystick and keyboard that slides away when not in use to protect the laptop-like device from dust and debris.
The E-Cube i7 also boasts the following benefits:
A wider viewing angle and higher resolution create less eye strain.
The aluminum shell protects the device from damage. The control panel is easy to clean.
A silent fan allows the device to cool without distracting or interrupting the procedure.
The unit is incredibly lightweight at just 7.2 kilograms including the battery. It comes with a carrying case so you can transport it just like you would a small laptop. One hour battery life provides plenty of power for outpatient procedures.
In summary this affordable high resolution machine is ultra portable. It can be used in any clinical environment for outpatient therapy.
The Minisono portable ultrasound machine offers high resolution imaging for point of care. It’s perfect for thyroid, musculoskeletal, and vascular use.
It combines advanced image processing technologies and state-of-the-art transducer technology into one device. Alpinion Medical Systems has created a portable ultrasound machine that is easy to use and comes at a reasonable price point.
With nothing more than a Microsoft Surface tablet and hand-held ultrasound transducer, you can utilize sensitive Doppler scanning, touch control, and seamless scanning.
Its portable nature allows the device to be used in any clinical environment, even if space is at a premium. Its fast and easy diagnosis reduces the learning curve.
RF Medical distributes the V1000 — one of the best RF ablation generators in the world. With several distinct algorithms you can use pre-programmed settings to ablate a variety of soft tissues such as thyroid, liver, bone, lung, and kidneys.
An intuitive touchscreen provides ease of use, and customization to your clinical needs. You can easily monitor ablation on a PC using a USB connection. The V1000 is also compatible with several electrode types.
Contact us at RGS Healthcare to acquire one of these machines.
The advantages of using RF ablation compared to invasive surgery or other techniques are:
The volume reduction ratio of radiofrequency ablation is 68% after 12 months and 87% after 24 months.
On the other hand, laser ablation only achieves 48% VRR after 6 months and actually regresses to 45% after 24 months. Additionally, RFA reduces cosmetic concerns and compressive symptoms in patients.
Only 3.3% of patients undergoing RFA experience complications. Only 1.3% have major complications. However, 99.8% of patients recover spontaneously.
The European Thyroid Journal found that using image-guided procedures for RF ablation prevents neoplasia. In all cases, volume reduction can be as high as 93% after 6 months. This is better than ethanol ablation, which was evaluated in the same study.
To perform the moving shot technique, use the electrode probe to penetrate the patient’s neck and, subsequently, the thyroid nodule. First you’ll apply local anesthesia, then pierce the patient’s skin with the needle and position it inside the thyroid.
At all times you should use your handheld probe to provide clear imaging of the patient’s thyroid and the needle placement. Moving the needle slowly back and forth while ablating small areas of the thyroid nodule allows you to cauterize the unwanted tissue. This will be apparent when you notice air bubbles appear on your screen.
At that point you’ll ablate the next section on the same plane. When you’ve completed ablation on one plane, use a longitudinal scan to raise your needle to the next plane and repeat the moving shot technique.
Over the next 12 months, the nodule should shrink significantly. This does not leave a large scar in the middle of the neck. Only a tiny puncture wound is left behind, which heals without cosmetic defects. Furthermore, no hormone supplementation is required.
Ablation has become the gold standard for treating enlarged thyroid glands. And while the therapy has been popular overseas for decades, it is fairly new to the American medical system. So if you have any questions about the proper equipment, how it works, or RF ablation techniques, consult the experts at RGS Healthcare.
We are dedicated to ensuring your healthcare center can provide safe, effective treatment.