Patient Information: RFA Overview

September 9, 2007

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive method of destroying tumors that cannot be removed surgically. It is safe, fast, relatively inexpensive, and has been proven to work.

Illustration shows the through-the-skin placement of the needle electrode (RFA probe) in the cancerous tumor. (Provided by the Society of Interventional Radiology, www.sirweb.org)