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SonaCare Medical to Integrate SmartTarget Image Registration and Fusion Software from University College London into Industry Leading Prostate HIFU System
Date:4/30/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and LONDON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SonaCare Medical, a global leader in minimally invasive High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technologies, and UCL Business PLC (UCLB), a leading technology transfer company that supports and commercializes research and innovations from UCL (University College London), today announced a partnership to integrate SmartTarget image registration and fusion software into SonaCare Medical's innovative HIFU systems.

"SmartTarget software technology combines advanced soft-tissue modeling and multimodal image registration techniques to compensate for prostate deformation and provide a clinically practical solution to MR-ultrasound fusion for high-accuracy targeted therapy," said Dean Barratt , PhD, Senior Lecturer at the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing.  "Working with SonaCare Medical is an important development since it provides an exciting opportunity to rapidly integrate SmartTarget into a market-leading commercial product, Sonablate® 500, and leverage UCL's clinical expertise in tissue-preserving focal HIFU therapy."

Enabling image-guided targeting of prostate tumors, SmartTarget combines and displays diagnostic information from ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and previous biopsies to enable targeted prostate biopsy and treatment.  SmartTarget is based on breakthrough image analysis algorithms developed at the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing and has undergone extensive clinical evaluation as part of clinical research studies led by Professor Mark Emberton , MD, Professor of Interventional Oncology and Director of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL.  More than 40 prostate cancer patients have been successfully treated using Sonablate 500'/>"/>

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