Areas Of Study For Focused Ultrasound Surgery
The focused ultrasound surgery technique could potentially be applied to many areas in the body for many different indications - uterine fibroids, prostate, liver, and brain cancer, pain relief for bone metastases, stoke, targeted drug delivery, etc.
- Each indication could utilize very different device components to deliver the focused ultrasound energy to the body that will require pre-clinical and clinical testing and regulatory approval.
- Example: the device transducer which targets the ultrasound energy into the body will look and function very differently for uterine fibroids, brain, and breast.
- Each geography (United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, etc) may have different regulations in place determining the commercial availability of the device/procedure for each different use or indication.
- Each company that develops a product for each indication and geography must go through the same steps as the other companies did to obtain regulatory approval for their product.
Overall, this means that the process for getting the technology utilized around the world for all the possible indications will take a lot of time and money, engineering expertise, and clinical trials. We would encourage everyone interested to participate in a clinical trial as it is only through this route that device approvals and reimbursement coverage will make this amazing technology more commonly available to everyone.