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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

By Harvey I. Pass, M.D.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive technique used to treat primary and metastatic lung tumors. It is ideal for tumors that are less than 3cm in size and are located away from the center of the lungs.

For the procedure, frictional heating is created by a high-frequency alternating current flowing from non-insulated electrode tips into the surrounding tissue (tumor). This heat destroys the tissue area being treated.

At NYU Medical Center, RFA can be done percutaneously (through the skin without surgery), with the use of cardiothoracic (CT) scan guidance. It is performed in the CT Scan Suite by an experienced team that includes a surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff.

Post-operative patients are carefully monitored by a multidisciplinary team to ensure their comfort and care.