A high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, one of the latest non-invasive treatment techniques, came into service on Wednesday at Cairo’s National Institute of Liver Diseases, becoming the first medical facility in the Middle East and Africa to use such an apparatus.
The announcement was made by Mohamed Fawzi, head of the General Authority for Educational Hospitals and Institutes at the Egyptian health ministry, who said the device is supported with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
He added that HIFU is a non-invasive therapeutic technique for treating a group of benign and malignant tumors and other diseases using MRI as an imaging technique.
The device depends on creating MRI waves focused to a single part of the body and increasing its temperature, causing necrosis of tumour cells without any surgical intervention, Fawzi explained.
On the first day of its operation, a patient with uterus fibroids underwent HIFU to become the first case to be treated with the one-day therapy at the Cairo institute, said the Dean of the National Liver Institute in Cairo Basem Issa.
The step comes in line with the directives issued by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the Health Minister Hala Zayed to introduce non-invasive treatment services in Egypt as part of the country's plan to upgrade medical services provided to Egyptians.