Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue.
The mechanism of action is that the focused ultrasound produces precise ablation (thermal destruction) of the thrombotic tissue where the beams converge. This technique may enable DVT to be treated noninvasively.
The primary options for treatment of DVT include medication and for some patients minimally invasive surgery may also be needed.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications and lower cost.
- Focused ultrasound is noninvasive, so it does not carry added concerns like surgical wound healing or infection.
- Focused ultrasound can reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue.
- It can be repeated, if necessary.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound treatment for DVT.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for DVT is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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