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Ultrasound-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for benign thyroid nodules is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS.
Before this procedure is used, the thyroid nodule must be tested to make sure it is benign (not cancerous). A thin needle is used to take a sample of tissue from the nodule, to check for cancer cells. Ultrasound‑guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation should not be done if the nodule is cancerous.
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure, and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.