Christian Happel

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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)
UNLABELLED Microwave ablation (MWA) is a new minimal invasive method for thermal ablation of benign thyroid nodules. In contrast to well-established radiofrequency ablation (RFA), MWA offers several advantages with similarly successful results. There has not been any use of functional imaging with 99mTc-pertechnetate and 99mTc-MIBI-scans as a mere(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)
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)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess whether high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), a new and promising method for the treatment of benign hot and cold thyroid nodules using thermal ablation, has an impact on thyroid function, and to evaluate its feasibility in outpatient settings. Additionally, a possible difference in the treatment of solid(More)
BACKGROUND High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) allows to inflict intracorporal thermal lesions without penetrating the skin or damaging the surrounding tissue. This analysis intends to assess the magnitude of HIFU-induced ablations within benign thyroid nodules using scintigraphic imaging with (99m)Tc. METHODS Ten cold, hot, or indifferent nodules(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)
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)