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Radiofrequency Therapy Systems, Hyperthermia

Definition : Radiofrequency (RF) therapy systems designed to heat solid tumors to several degrees centigrade above core temperature, typically from 42 to 45 degrees C (108 to 113 degrees F); these temperatures do not damage normal tissues. These systems include a RF generator, appropriate delivery systems, and electrodes for selectively heating and maintaining elevated tumor temperatures. The procedure typically lasts from 30 to 60 minutes; it is usually repeated several times (e.g., every other day). Hyperthermia RF systems are used to treat solid, malignant tumors, frequently in combination with ionizing radiation (thermoradiotherapy) or chemotherapy (thermochemotherapy).

Entry Terms : "Hyperthermia Units"

UMDC code : 12066

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