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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-83

Radiofrequency ablation of benign thyroid nodules: Recommendations from the Asian conference on tumor ablation task force – Secondary publication

1 Department of Radiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
2 Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
3 Department of Ultrasound, The First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, China
4 Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Technology, Yuanpei University of Medical Technology, Hsinchu; Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and School of Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taipei; Department of Radiology, Yee Zen General Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan
5 Department of Surgery, Showa University School of Medicine, Northern Yokohama Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
6 Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
7 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
8 Department of Radiology, Vinmec Times City International Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam
9 Department of Radiology, GangNeung Asan Hospital, Gangneung, Korea
10 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
11 Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
12 Department of Radiology, Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Japan
13 Department of Ultrasound, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou, China

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Jung Hwan Baek
Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 88 Olympic-ro 43-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05505
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DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_178_20

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a thermal ablation technique widely used for the management of benign thyroid nodules. To date, five academic societies in various countries have reported clinical practice guidelines, opinion statements, or recommendations regarding the use of thyroid RFA. However, despite some similarities, there are also differences among the guidelines, and a consensus is required regarding safe and effective treatment in Asian countries. Therefore, a task force was organized by the guideline committee of the Asian Conference on Tumor Ablation with the goal of devising recommendations for the clinical use of thyroid RFA. The recommendations in this article are based on a comprehensive analysis of the current literature and the consensus opinion of the task force members.

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