Saturday, October 26, 2013

MRI Guided Ultrasound Can Help With Knee Pains

An article on Sonoworld has piqued my interest again on the relationship between MRI and ultrasound.  It seems that MRI can guide therapeutic HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) to area of the knee, and potentially other areas to deliver nerve blocks.  I think the acronyms are silly.

medwireNews: Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a potentially valuable noninvasive treatment for knee osteoarthritis, a pilot study suggests.
MRgFUS was associated with a reduction in pain intensity both immediately and at 6 months after treatment, supporting further evaluation of the technique.
MRgFUS is a way of delivering localized thermal ablation to precisely defined sites. It has recently been used to cause local bone denervation in cancer patients with bone metastases for pain palliation.

Thanks Sonoworld
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