TULSA stands for Transurethral Ultrasound Ablation. With ultrasound energy and MR image guidance we can accurately treat your prostate cancer. Our aim is to treat the tumor with a safety margin and to avoid critical structures to preserve quality of life.
What is TULSA?
TULSA stands for Transurethral Ultrasound Ablation. With ultrasound energy and MR image guidance we can accurately treat your prostate cancer
For which patients?
Patients with localized, intermediate grade prostate cancer and a visible tumor on the MRI are eligible for FLA
What to expect?
TULSA is performed under general anesthesia. When you are asleep the treatment device is inserted in your urethra and a special balloon for cooling is inserted in your rectum. New prostate MR images are acquired to have an overview of the latest situation in your prostate. Than the specific treatment area is drawn on these images and the ablation can be started. Based on the real-time MR images, the special TULSA software calculates how much ultrasound energy needs to be given to every specific area in your prostate at each moment. During ablation, your urethra and your rectal wall are protected by cooling, to diminish the chance on complications even more.
After the ablation a contrast-enhanced MR images is acquired to check the finale ablation zone.
When the TULSA procedure is finished you have to stay one night in the hospital for observation.