Diseases and conditions

Cancer treatment

Irreversible electroporation

Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) is one of the newest cancer treatments performed by interventional radiologists. Unlike radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation that use heat to destroy the tumor, IRE uses electrical pulses. With IRE, an interventional radiologists makes a tiny cut in the skin, then guides the IRE tools to the tumor using image guidance (real-time live images from computed tomography (CT) scan or from ultrasound. The doctor then uses electrical pulses to create an electrical field that causes the cancer cells to develop “leaky” cell walls and die.