HIFU,the exclusive distributor of the Sonablate 500 has launched a new website.HIFU, which is short for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a state-of-the-art technology acoustic ablation technique that utilizes the power of ultrasound to destroy deep-seated tissue with pinpoint accuracy for prostate cancer treatment. HIFU focuses sound waves in a targeted area which rapidly increases the temperature in the focal zone causing tissue destruction.The control and precision of HIFU reduces the risk of common side effects such as impotence and incontinence.HIFU is a 1-3 hour, one-time procedure preformed on an out-patient basis under spinal or epidural anesthesia. Unlike radiation, HIFU is non-ionizing so it can be repeated if necessary without damaging healthy tissue. This means that HIFU can also be used as a salvage technique if other prostate cancer treatments fail.The Sonablate 500 is designed with enhancements that put the power of treatment in the hands of the physician.The benefit of real-time and reference images that is unique to the Sonablate 500 is that the physician can get immediate feedback for maximum precision and has integrated hardware and software built into the device which identifies the blood flow through the neurovascular bundles. This means that as the physicians acquires real-time images of the prostate, he/she is also able to locate the exact position of the nerves bundles responsible for preserving potency.Just take a look at the comparison of Sonablate and Albatherm and you will see what I mean.