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September 20, 2017  
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  • Fibroids1: Who would be a good candidate for focused ultrasound therapy for fibroid treatment?
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Not all patients are candidates for FUS. We are finding that certain types of fibroids are more amenable to focused ultrasound than others based on characteristics seen on the MRI. We recognize the limitations as to the amount of fibroid tissue that can be treated. Generally, with the amount of time that is practical to keep a patient within the MRI scanner, we are limited to treating a fibroid within the seven to eight centimeter range; however, someone with several fibroids or fibroids that are larger may not be a candidate for FUS. However, many of the patients who are not candidates for FUS can still be considered candidates for fibroid embolization.
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Not all patients are candidates for FUS. We are finding that certain types of fibroids are more amenable to focused ultrasound than others based on characteristics seen on the MRI. We recognize the limitations as to the amount of fibroid tissue that can be treated. Generally, with the amount of time that is practical to keep a patient within the MRI scanner, we are limited to treating a fibroid within the seven to eight centimeter range; however, someone with several fibroids or fibroids that are larger may not be a candidate for FUS. However, many of the patients who are not candidates for FUS can still be considered candidates for fibroid embolization.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

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