What is irreversible electroporation (IRE)?
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) uses short bursts of electricity to destroy small tumors in difficult-to-treat areas. Often these tumors lie close to blood vessels and nerves in the liver and lung. IRE selectively damages the tumor’s cells causing them to die. It does not damage nearby healthy tissue. IRE is performed by an interventional radiologist who uses image guidance assistance.
Advantages of irreversible electroporation (IRE)?
- Is easy to tolerate
- Can be used with surgery
- Can be curative in some cases
- Leaves healthy tissue intact
- Minimal if any side effects