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Ultrasonography. 2019 Jan;38(1):25-36. English. Review.
Mauri G , Nicosia L , Della vigna P , Varano GM , Maiettini D , Bonomo G , Giuliano G , Orsi F , Solbiati L , De fiori E , Papini E , Pacella CM , Sconfienza LM .
Department of Interventional Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.
Postgraduation School in Radiodiagnostics, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Thyroid Cancer Unit, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.
Department of Radiology, Humanitas University, IRCCS Humanitas Clinical and Research Hospital, Rozzano, Italy.
Department of Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.
Endocrinology Department, Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Albano Laziale, Italy.
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Rome, Italy.
Unit of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy.
Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milano, Milan, Italy.

Minimally invasive image-guided thermal ablation is becoming increasingly common as an alternative to surgery for the treatment of benign thyroid nodules. Among the various techniques for thermal ablation, laser ablation (LA) is the least invasive, using the smallest applicators available on the market and enabling extremely precise energy deposition. However, in some cases, multiple laser fibers must be used simultaneously for the treatment of large nodules. In this review, the LA technique is described, and its main clinical applications and results are discussed and illustrated.

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