Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Liver Tumors Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 25, 2019
  • Author: Badar Bin Bilal Shafi, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, CCT, EBIR; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

When is percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) indicated for the treatment of liver tumors?

What are the contraindications for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What are the reported outcomes for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

Periprocedural Care

What equipment is needed to perform percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the commercial availability of RFA systems in the US?

What is the role of anesthesia in percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

How is the patient positioned for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

Technique

How is percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors performed?

What is the multiple-array electrode technique for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the bipolar electrode technique for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of saline enhancement in percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What are the risk factors for major complications following percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What are the signs and symptoms of postablation syndrome following percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What are the possible complications of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

Which imaging modalities are used in postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of CT scanning in the postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of grayscale ultrasonography in the postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in the postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of MRI in the postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?

What is the role of PET scanning in the postprocedural follow-up of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors?