Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Original Article

Discontinuous moving shot technique for conformal thermal ablation in an ex vivo porcine liver model

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Department of Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

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Jiangsu Key Lab of Cancer Biomarkers, Prevention and Treatment, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Personalized Medicine, School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

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Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Nanjing First Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

Diagn Interv Radiol 2021; 27: 418-423
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2021.20836
Read: 182 Downloads: 53 Published: 22 March 2021

PURPOSE 
We aimed to determine the ablation characteristics of discontinuous moving shot technique (DMST) in microwave ablation (MWA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laser ablation (LA), and analyze the differences compared with fixed electrode technique (FET) in an ex vivo porcine liver model.

METHODS
FET was defined as the ablation needle remaining fixed during ablation. In DMST, ablation needle moved backward for a fixed distance twice along the long axis during ablation. Four moving distances (0.5 cm, 0.75 cm, 1 cm and 2 cm) were used in DMST. Long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of ablation zones were measured. The ratio of LAD/SAD was calculated.

RESULTS
The shape and size of ablation zones were different between DMST and FET. Compared with FET, DMST could achieve greater LAD when the moving distance became long enough. In MWA with DMST, SAD decreased with the extension of moving distance and finally became smaller than the SAD in FET. While in LA and RFA, the change of moving distance did not affect SAD significantly.

CONCLUSION
In MWA, RFA and LA, the characteristics of ablation zone of DMST were different from that of FET. This unique ablation technique may be suitable for conformal thermal ablation.

You may cite this article as: Ma G, Chen H, Xu J, et al. Discontinuous moving shot technique for conformal thermal ablation in an ex vivo porcine liver model. Diagn Interv Radiol 2021; 27:418–423

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