radiofrequency ablation

Pronunciation: (RAY-dee-oh-FREE-kwen-see a-BLAY-shun)

A procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroy abnormal cells. The radio waves travel through electrodes (small devices that carry electricity). Radiofrequency ablation may be used to treat cancer and other conditions.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-08-28