Cryotherapy, also called cryosurgery, cryoablation or targeted cryoablation therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells. Although cryotherapy and cryoablation can be used interchangeably, the term “cryosurgery” is reserved best for cryotherapy performed using an open, surgical approach. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is applied to diseased cells located outside or inside the body. Physicians use image-guidance techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) when using cryotherapy inside the body.
Below is a table of selected cryo-based products for ablation.
Cryotherapy Ablation Device Companies, Products, Applications* & Market Status*
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*Note: Â For detail on each productâ€™s primary application, U.S. market status and international market status, see Report #A145.
Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #A145, “Worldwide Ablation Technologies Market 2010”.