Prostate Cancer Urologists

Specially Trained HIFU Certified Urologists

Training of Urologists in the use of Ablatherm HIFU involves an “Observer” phase during which the Urologist learns by watching a skilled user and a “Mentored” phase during which the learner actually performs the procedure under the close guidance and direction of an expert user. Each of these phases involves 4 to 5 cases. The Urologist must then write an examination to achieve certification and thus be permitted to perform cases on his/her own. Competence must be maintained by ensuring a minimum volume of cases in each subsequent year.

All Urologists using the Ablatherm device in North America are also certified by the American Board of Urology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or both.


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The Ablatherm HIFU device received it's CE mark for European approval in the year 2000. Ablatherm HIFU was approved by Health Canada in 2003, having undergone extensive research, development and testing.

On November 9, 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to EDAP Ablatherm HIFU to carry out prostate ablation treatment in the United States, using the Ablatherm Integrated Imaging device.

Ablatherm® HIFU has been used in over thirty thousand prostate cancer treatments throughout the world including England, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, South Korea and more.

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Video - HIFU Procedure

Hifu procedure

HIFU or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is a safe and effective treatment to destroy the cancer within the prostate.

High energy ultrasound waves are focused through the rectal wall to the targeted prostate area.

Using computer imaging techniques, the process is repeated until all the targeted tissue is destroyed. The treatment is done on an outpatient basis and generally lasts 2 - 1/2 hours.

Latest prostate Cancer Treatment

One of the leading edge treatments available for prostate cancer does not involve surgery or radiation.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is one of the latest treatments for localized prostate cancer.
(T-1 and T-2). Stage T-3 may also be treatable by HIFU if the cancer is organ confined. However, higher stages of cancer do not have the same rates of success as lower stages, regardless of treatment method.

HIFU is an effective, efficient, non-invasive treatment that results in minimal side-effects.

Unlike surgery or radiation, alternative therapeutic options are still available post-HIFU and the procedure can be repeated if needed anytime during follow up.

Learn more about the high success rate by visiting our page on clinical studies and research .