Ablation protocols and ancillary procedures in tumor ablation therapy: consensus from Japanese experts

Masaya Miyazaki, Toshihiro Iguchi, Haruyuki Takaki, Takashi Yamanaka, Yoshitaka Tamura, Hiroyuki Tokue, Yozo Sato, Osamu Ikeda, Tadashi Shimizu, Koichiro Yamakado

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Purpose: A panel of Japanese experts on tumor ablation therapy gathered to reach a general consensus on topics surrounding ablation therapy. Materials and methods: Questionnaires relating to ablation protocols for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation, as well as ancillary procedures required for safe and secure ablation therapy, were sent to seven institutions. Experts from these institutions discussed each topic based on the evidence and the questionnaire data, and a consensus was reached at an annual meeting of the Japan Image-guided Ablation Group in Maebashi, Japan, in October 2015. Results: A consensus was reached on each of six topics, including “management of antiplatelet and anticoagulation drug therapy”; “pain control in the perioperative period”; “arterial embolization combined with ablation therapy”; “protection of non-target organs”; “RFA and cryoablation protocols”; and “ablative margins.” Conclusions: The consensus achieved here will serve as the framework for tumor ablation therapies in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-656
Number of pages10
JournalJapanese Journal of Radiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Consensus
  • Cryo therapy
  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Tumor ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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