Radiofrequency Ablation of Tumors at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Radiofrequency ablation, sometimes referred to as RFA, is a minimally invasive treatment for cancer. It is an image-guided technique that heats and destroys cancer cells.

In radiofrequency ablation, imaging techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are then passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the abnormal cells.

Common Uses of Radiofrequency Ablation

  • Kidney cancer treatment (renal cell carcinoma)
  • Liver cancer treatment
  • Lung cancer treatment