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High-intensity focused ultrasound for medical therapy

N.P.K. Ellens; K. Hynynen    University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract

Ultrasound has a wide range of therapeutic applications derived from both thermal and mechanical effects. The key therapeutic strength of ultrasound is its ability to affect deep-seated tissue precisely and locally without the need for incisions or ionizing radiation. Integration with magnetic resonance imaging has advanced both targeting and monitoring of treatment in real time and has made feasible the application of therapeutic ultrasound for many more conditions. Ongoing development of ultrasound guidance, transducer miniaturization, and the use of injected synthetic microbubbles all offer the potential ...

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