Philips joins Allies in Effort to Test “Focused Ultrasound”

Philips and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation have collaborated with The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust to create a focal point for ultrasound therapy research at the ICR and The Royal Marsden in London.  The new initiative will be a state-of-the-art resource for clinicians and scientists in oncology working with high intensity focused ultrasound therapy.  Its goal is to develop clinical evidence and establish best practices, standards and procedures and train those who will deliver that care.

Focused ultrasound concentrates ultrasound energy with high precision on target tissue to thermally destroy that tissue.  It is coupled with image guidance that helps to identify, track and target the treatment.

The initiative is launching a clinical trial to evaluate the treatment of bone metastases in cancer patients.  In 2009 the University of Virginia established a similar centre to advance the use of focused ultrasound on brain disorders.

The centre will be led by Professor Gail ter Haar, a leading physicist in the field, and Professor Nandita deSouza, who is the initiative’s clinical director.  Prof. deSouza has an international reputation in MRI and is the lead academic radiologist at the ICR and The Royal Marsden.

This new initiative is a very important step forward for medical technology and will help to shape the standard of care and improve treatment outcomes for patients around the world.

More information available here.

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