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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Surgery and Therapy

K Farahani

B O'Neill

K Farahani1*, B O'Neill2*, (1) National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, (2) The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX


WE-G-12A-1 Wednesday 4:30PM - 6:00PM Room: 12A

More and more emphasis is being made on alternatives to invasive surgery and the use of ionizing radiation to treat various diseases including cancer. Novel screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of response to treatment are also hot areas of research and new clinical technologies. Ultrasound(US) has gained traction in all of the aforementioned areas of focus. Especially with recent advances in the use of ultrasound to non-invasively treat various diseases/organ systems. This session will focus on covering MR-guided focused ultrasound and the state of the art clinical applications, and the second speaker will survey the more cutting edge technologies e.g. Focused Ultrasound (FUS) mediated drug delivery, principles of cavitation and US guided FUS.

Learning Objectives:
1. Fundamental physics and physical limitations of US interaction with tissue and nanoparticles
2. The alteration of tissue transport using focused ultrasound
3. US control of nanoparticle drug carriers for targeted release
4. The basic principles of MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) surgery and therapy
5. the current state of the art clinical applications of MRgFUS
6. requirements for quality assurance and treatment planning


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