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US HIFU Technology Featured At Third International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound
Date:11/19/2012

Dickinson's research, performed with US HIFU technology, was selected for recognition by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, continuing to validate the growing interest in high intensity focused ultrasound as a new treatment option to deliver minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer with fewer side effects."  

The majority of men treated for prostate cancer are treated with surgery or radiotherapy, which involve treating the whole prostate.  Both cause damage to the surrounding non-cancerous tissue and can lead to substantial side effects such as urinary incontinence and impotence.  The goal of focal therapy is to offer an alternative to men who value genito-urinary function and quality of life, allowing each patient and their physician to balance the risk and clinical benefit of individual treatment options.

HIFU is a therapy that destroys targeted tissue with rapid heat elevation. HIFU concentrates high frequency ultrasound waves (similar to a magnifying glass) into an area the size of a grain of rice. At that location, or focal point, the temperature rapidly rises to almost 90 degrees Celsius (195 degrees Fahrenheit).  Tissue at the focal point, including cancerous tissue, is destroyed. HIFU uses non-ionizing energy, so the procedure can be repeated, if necessary. HIFU is being studied around the world to treat a wide variety of cancers and soft tissue diseases, by a number of companies.

The Sonablate is approved for investigational use within the U.S. and is being studied in a clinical trial as a possible treatment for recurrent prostate cancer in patients treated previously with radiation therapy. The FDA has made no decision as to the safety or efficacy of the Sonablate for the treatment of prostate cancer. Currently, the device is available in more than 30 countries for the treatment of prostate cancer.

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