1st TNT MEETING Thyroid Nodule Therapies
1st International Meeting on Thyroid Ultrasound-Guided, Minimally Invasive Therapies
Reggio Emilia (Italy) November 15 - November 16, 2019
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The 1st TNT Meeting is a timely, much-needed clinical update on new, minimally invasive, echo-guided therapies of thyroid nodules. The talks and format of the meeting are excellent. Speakers are carefully selected and mostly known for their expertise in special areas.
The Meeting venue “Ruote da Sogno” (Dream Wheels) in Reggio Emilia (Italy), a town situated in the heart of the “Motor Valley” and “Food Valley” territory, offers a broad workshop space with all Meeting facilities.
Minimally invasive, ultrasound (US)-guided thyroid treatment modalities are becoming effective and safe alternatives to surgery in patients with benign thyroid cysts, solid nonfunctioning benign thyroid nodules that grow or become symptomatic, and in solid hyper-functioning nodules. In addition, they may also have an effective complementary role in the management of primary micropapillary tumors or recurrent thyroid cancers.
These procedures include the use of chemical agents such as Ethanol Ablation (EA), or thermal thyroid tissue destruction through Laser Ablation (LA), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Microwave Ablation (MWA) and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Current claims are that EA, RFA, MWA and HIFU show comparable results. However this item is still debated, and different minimally invasive approaches may have distinct indications and outcomes.
At this meeting, the first session will give a framework of thyroid nodule issues, whereas in the following sessions first-class experts will chair outstanding speakers who will present the stateof-the-art of all ultrasound-guided thyroid minimally invasive procedures.
Hands-on practice will also be available on Saturday afternoon, November 16, 2019, for those participants who want to try thermal ablation devices on their own.