Hi, after a 12-cycle round of FolFox chemo my husband should have been on a path to microwave ablation to treat his recurrence. We were told today that this was not an option because they would not be able to image the smaller lesions using CT. After a few hours reflection on this news I found several scientific articles that clearly state that MRI can be used as the imaging method for ablation. Obviously I have pushed the question back to the medical team.
Has anyone any experience of ablation using MRI or does anyone know where it is done?
We don’t have much information about microwave ablation, Jo, but as far as we are aware, in general it is either CT or ultrasound guided.
There are possibly some some technical challenges – depending on the equipment used, as one cannot have anything metallic in the MRI.
We would suggest that, if possible, you ask the interventional radiologist who was going to undertake the procedure in the first place to explain to you more fully the reasons why they say they now can’t do this, especially bearing in mind the information you have found.
That person should also know if there is anywhere in the UK where MRI guided MWA is available.
Hopefully, if others have had this treatment, they will come in and share their experiences.
Thanks for the reply. I have a request regarding a lady I sat next to at the conference in May. I didn’t get her name but she had flown in from Hong Kong, I think. She had undergone microwave ablation. Would it be possible for you to put me in contact with her to see if she may be willing to share her experiences?