Semin intervent Radiol 2010; 27(3): 261-267
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1261784
© Thieme Medical Publishers

An Overview of Image-Guided Percutaneous Ablation of Renal Tumors

Majid Maybody1
  • 1Section of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
20 August 2010 (online)


Although nephron-sparing surgery remains the gold standard treatment for small renal tumors, minimally invasive image-guided percutaneous ablation is becoming a viable alternative to operative resection. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation show high technical success rates, a relatively low incidence of residual or recurrent tumor, and competitive rates of patient survival. In this review, an overview of the current status of image-guided percutaneous ablation of renal tumors is presented, with a focus on procedure indications and patient selection, technical aspects of ablation procedures, and treatment outcomes and patient follow-up.


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Majid MaybodyM.D. 

Section of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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