Wednesday, April 3, 2013

HIFU Update

High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been the subject of a few of my posts for good reason:  It has promise.  And now those promises are flowering into reality.  Money has been donated to new research centers dedicated to exploring the many values of this non-surgical technique used to to treat everything from cancer to Parkinson's disease.  Here is an article showcasing one such center.

Every once in a while, a technology comes along that revolutionizes medicine. Sometimes, it just takes a while to recognize its impact. In 1970, for instance, Neal Kassell saw a CT scan for the first time.
"I thought it had no future," laughs the 67-year-old UVA neurosurgeon. "I was wrong."
Kassell was certain he was right, however, when, about eight years ago, he conceived of treating and even curing previously untreatable conditions using ultrasound technology.
"I've been doing research since 1962, and I finally had the Nobel Prize-winning idea," Kassell recalls with a smile. "I got home and went to the internet, and discovered it indeed is a Nobel Prize-winning idea– it just wasn't mine."
Thanks Sonoworld
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