Treating with MRI

Uterine fibroids are one of the causes for heavy periods. An MRI scanner is used to heat and shrink the fibroids and thus treat your heavy menstrual bleeding.

This is a relatively new treatment for uterine fibroids. It is also referred to as MRgFUS and uses an MRI scanner to deliver a focussed, high-intensity ultrasound beam to heat the fibroid and shrink it.  It is only suitable for some women and while it is non-invasive it can be hard for some patients to remain still for the whole procedure.

Risks and benefits

Benefits Disadvantages

Fast recovery time, women are able to go home the same day

Less complications than with surgery

Not suitable for fibroids larger than 10cm or too close to surrounding tissue

Not suitable for women who are unwell and require immediate treatment as complete effect of MRgFUS will take twelve months.

Long-term effectiveness and safety is not yet known.

Not readily available at most hospitals

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