Percutaneous ablation of the lung is a procedure where the doctor takes a needle and passes it through the chest wall and puts it in the center of the tumor. Doctors will use imaging techniques (such as a CAT scan) to guide the needle to the center of the tumor. Once there, they will apply the energy source (cryotherapy, or microwave ablation, or radiofrequency ablation) to kill the tumor.
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