Irreversible Electroporation (NanoKnife®) to Treat Prostate Tumors

VIDEO | 02:30

Urologic surgeon Jonathan Coleman discusses a focal therapy for treating prostate tumors  called irreversible electroporation (IRE) that involves the use a NanoKnife® device and small needles to deliver an electrical current to small, localized prostate tumors. The electrical current changes the electrical potential of microscopic prostatic cells, destroying their integrity and causing them to rupture. Ultrasound or CT is used to precisely focus the current on the tumor, sparing adjoining anatomical structures and reducing the risk of side effects.