Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is a rapidly evolving, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients who have myocardial electrical dysfunction, and therefore need cardiac pacing. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue.
How it Works
Targeting the left ventricle and septum with focused ultrasound will cause myocardial contractions. This technique has been demonstrated in both small and large animals, indicating that perhaps future pacing may be accomplished noninvasively with focused ultrasound.
The primary options for treatment of myocardial electrical dysfunction include medication and/or invasive procedures.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications – such as surgical wound healing or infection – at a lower cost. Focused ultrasound can also reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue, and it can be repeated, if necessary.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound cardiac pacing.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for cardiac pacing is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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