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How Does High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for prostate cancer work?

HIFU treats the entire prostate by targeting tissue in overlapping treatment zones. The tissue is heated rapidly in small lesion until eventually the entire prostate is ablated. By treating the entire prostate gland, the chance for recurrence, or the cancer coming back is minimized. All the organs and tissue outside of the prostate remain unaffected during HIFU.

Dr. Anshu Guleria and his staff at the Virginia Prostate Cancer Center have considerable experience in minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer.  They will take the time to sit down with you to see if HIFU is the right prostate cancer treatment for you.  When HIFU became available in North America, Dr. Guleria studied the reports of its use in Europe and decided that HIFU is going to be the next evolution in localized prostate cancer therapy.  Dr. Guleria is the most experienced doctor practicing HIFU for Prostate Cancer in Virginia and he looks forward to helping you decide what is the best prostate cancer treatment option for you.

What is the history of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for Virginia prostate cancer patients and how long has it been done?


  • Research on HIFU actually began in the 1950s at Indiana University. In 1994, the first human prostate cancer study was done by Dr. Marberger and Madersbacher at the Univ. of Vienna in Austria.
  • In 1995, a study done at IU showed that the whole prostate could be treated without damaging the prostate capsule or the rectal wall. 
  • In 2001, Sonablate® 500 receives CE mark from Europe and the first patient in the study was treated at IU by Dr. M. Koch.
  • In 2004, USHIFU was created and has placed machines in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa and the Caribbean. Currently there are nearly 100 Sonablate® 500 HIFU centers worldwide on six continents. There are over 150 physicians using the Sonablate® 500 worldwide and over 5,000 total procedures have been completed with the Sonablate®.



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