Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Bone Tumors

Thomas J Learch, MDRadiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of tumors is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat bone tumors, as well as small liver, lung, and kidney tumors. During an RFA of a bone tumor a musculoskletal radiologist uses a CT scanner to locate the tumor and then guide a specialized needle-like probe into it. A radiofrequency current is then passed through the electrode to heat the tumor tissue near the needle tip and ablate or eliminate it.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) works by passing electrical current in the range of radio waves between a needle electrode positioned in the tumor and grounding pads placed on the patient's skin. The radiofrequency current produces a high level of heat within the tumor tissue surrounding the electrode. The heat from radiofrequency energy also closes up small blood vessels, thereby minimizing the risk of bleeding. Studies have shown that tumor cells can be killed if they are brought to a temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

At the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center our team of highly-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and technologists are led by Thomas J. Learch, MD, who specializes in the RFA of osteoid osteomas.

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for RFA?

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.