What is MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS)?
MRgFUS is a non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. It was FDA approved in October 2004.
The MRgFUS procedure uses ultrasound waves (much more powerful than those used for diagnostic imaging) which are focused to a small spot about the size of a jellybean. There is enough energy in that spot to destroy the fibroid while leaving all the healthy tissue outside the fibroid unharmed. Many jellybean sized spots are used to treat the entire fibroid.
Unfortunately, Atlanta Interventional Institute is no longer able to provide this procedure to its patients due to the closure of Emory-Adventist Hospital. In addition, insurances do not cover the procedure for treatment of uterine fibroids.