Echotherapy is the unique combination of a therapy with high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and real-time ultrasound imaging monitoring.
Real alternative to surgery and follow-up, echotherapy allows non invasive and scarless treatment of benign tumors.
As an outpatient procedure, echotherapy is performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation and ensures immediate recovery after intervention.
What is HIFU?
HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.
Ultrasound technology is composed of inaudible high-frequency sound waves which can spread in biological water-rich tissues.
They are traditionally used as medical imaging modality such as ultrasound imaging.
HIFU technology focuses high-energy ultrasound in order to deliver a large amount of sound energy on a confined space to induce a fast and intensive tissue heating close to 85° C. This beam will only burn at its precise focal point, similarly to sun beams on a magnifying glass.
How are they used?
The ultrasound energy is focused on a reduced volume. It induces a rapid temperature rise (80° C -95° C) at the delivery point, to reach therapeutic levels, leading to tissue coagulation and then tissue necrosis of the target area.
Thanks to its extreme precision, HIFU can be used in the treatment of benign or malignant tumors, thus destroying only abnormal tissues without harming healthy tissues.