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US HIFU Adds Mark Carol, MD, As Chief Development Officer
Date:5/14/2012

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"I am excited about the future of this technology as we work to optimize the platform," said Dr. Carol. "Our ongoing development will focus on improving efficacy even further and minimizing the duration of the procedure. In addition, we look forward to enhancing the interface to allow a more straight-forward user experience."

In other news, US HIFU recently reported that the company's Sonablate System was used in a key study at the University College of London to deliver focal treatment for prostate cancer. The outcome of this initial study indicates HIFU may provide an alternative to traditional treatment with significantly fewer side effects, according to results published in the current issue of Lancet Oncology (DOI:10.1016/S1470- 2045(12)70121-3).

In addition, although still investigational in the United States, recent HIFU treatment guidelines have been issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the independent organization responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health in the United Kingdom. NICE interventional procedure guidance 424, "Focal therapy using high-intensity focused ultrasound for localised prostate cancer," indicates current evidence on focal therapy using HIFU for localized prostate cancer raises no major safety concerns. The NICE guidelines also state that patients treated with targeted high-intensity ultrasound could avoid many of the risks of more extensive procedures that treat the whole prostate gland. For more information, visit http://guidance.nice.org.uk/ipg424 

"We are very encouraged by the results of the Lancet Oncology published study and the guidelines which demonstrate how HIFU can be used to further refine the boundaries of the emerging field of focal therapy," said Dr. Carol. "These events provide suppo
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