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Microwave Therapy Systems, Hyperthermia

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

Entry Terms : "Hyperthermia Units"

UMDC code : 18820


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