A method to monitor ablative therapy by examining slope changes in the thermal strain curve caused by speed of sound with temperature is introduced. The variation of sound speed with temperature rise for most soft tissue follows a similar pattern to that of water. Unlike most liquids, the sound speed of tissue increases with temperature. However, at temperatures above about 50 °C, there is no further increase in the sound speed and the temperature coefficient may become slightly negative. For ablation therapy, an irreversible injury to tissue and a complete heart block occurs in the range of 48-50 °C for a short period in accordance with the well known Arrhenius equation. Using these two properties, we propose a potential tool to detect the moment when tissue damage occurs using the reduced slope in the thermal strain curve as a function of heating time. Using a prototype intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) array for imaging and a catheter for RF ablation, we were able to observe an obvious slope change in the thermal strain curve in an excised tissue sample. The method was further tested in-vivo, using a specially equipped ablation tip and an 11 MHz microlinear (ML) ICE array mounted on the tip of a catheter. As with in-vitro experiments, the thermal strain curve showed a plateau and a change in the sign of the slope.