- Published: October 31, 2013
Focused ultrasound is a platform technology that has the potential to transform the treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
There is a large and growing number of clinical applications for focused ultrasound that are in various stages of research, development and commercialization.
Status by disease category
The majority of the indications are early stage, with none yet receiving universal insurance reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for uterine fibroids has been available to women in the U.S. since a treatment system was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004. The technology was approved in the U.S. in 2012 for the relief of pain associated with cancer that has spread to the bone. Two focused ultrasound systems were FDA approved for the ablation of prostate tissue in 2015. And in July 2018, the FDA approved Insightec's Exablate Neuro device to treat essential tremor.
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