Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with retinal injury. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the brain without damaging surrounding normal tissue. Where the beams converge, the ultrasound produces a temporary opening of the blood brain barrier, which can be used to allow therapeutic genetic material to enter the region, which may enable retinal injury to be treated without surgery. While significant preclinical work has been accomplished, there is still much to be done before this technology will be widely available.
The primary options for treatment of retinal injury are primarily surgical.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a non-invasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications and lower cost.
- Focused ultrasound is non-invasive, 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 of retinal injury.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for retinal injury is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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