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AIM Thyroid nodules represent a common clinical issue. Amongst other minimally invasive procedures, percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) poses a promising new approach. The goal of this retrospective study is to find out if there is a correlation between volume reduction after 3 months and 99mTc-uptake reduction of treated thyroid nodules. PATIENTS,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in reducing thyroid nodule volume while preserving thyroid function as measured by immunological response. MATERIALS AND METHODS 12 patients (9 females) whose average age was 56.9 years (37 - 81) were treated with HIFU in an ambulatory setting. All(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyse the value of positron emission tomography (PET) with a radiolabelled somatostatin analogue, [(68)Ga]DOTATOC, in recurrent radioiodine positive and negative differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) compared to [(18)F]FDG PET. METHODS Seventeen patients with known or suspected recurrent DTC were enrolled(More)
BACKGROUND High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a promising, non-invasive technique in treating benign thyroid nodules (TNs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of HIFU to induce clinically meaningful shrinkage in benign predominantly solid TNs and to identify variables that influence or predict the magnitude of TN volume reduction.(More)
PURPOSE Pilot studies of combined therapies treating benign nodular goiters reported promising results. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of combined microwave ablation (MWA) and radioiodine therapy (RIT) with a special focus on thyroid function at the 3-month follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS 15 patients (median age: 55 years)(More)
Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the decrease of benign thyroid nodules after bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in a 3-month follow-up using a multiple overlapping shot technique ('MOST'). Methods A total of 18 patients with 20 symptomatic benign thyroid nodules (17 cold nodules, 3 hyperfunctioning nodules) were treated in one single(More)
AIM Goiters and thyroid nodules are an ongoing problem in healthcare. There has not been any treatment of goiters and thyroid nodules based on the combined therapy of microwave ablation (MWA) and radioiodine therapy (RIT) until now. In this study the potential benefit of a combined therapy versus single RIT is evaluated in order to achieve improvements(More)
PURPOSE To determine the safety and efficacy of bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in benign thyroid nodules. METHODS 23 patients with 24 symptomatic benign thyroid nodules (21 regressive, 3 adenomas) ranging in volume from 0.5 to 112 ml (mean ± sd: 18 ± 24.4 ml) underwent bipolar RFA. Pain during the procedure was measured on a 10-point scale.(More)