The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Magnetic resonance image-guided transcutaneous focused ultrasound for uterine fibroids

This document replaces previous guidance on Magnetic resonance image-guided transcutaneous focused ultrasound ablation for uterine fibroids (NICE interventional procedure guidance 231, September 2007).


Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) growths that occur in the womb. They can cause heavy menstruation and reproductive problems. This procedure uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate the fibroids and direct high-intensity ultrasound energy to destroy fibroid tissue, with the aim of reducing symptoms.

Coding recommendations

Q20.6 Focused ultrasound to lesion of uterus

Y53.7 Approach to organ under magnetic resonance imaging control

In addition the ICD-10 code from category D25.- Leiomyoma of uterus would be recorded.


Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, and specifically any special arrangements relating to the introduction of new interventional procedures. The guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer. 

All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties. Providers should ensure that governance structures are in place to review, authorise and monitor the introduction of new devices and procedures.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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