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 osteoid osteoma. 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
Where the beams converge, focused ultrasound produces precise ablation (thermal destruction of tissue) enabling osteoid osteoma to be treated without surgery.
The primary options for treatment of osteoid osteoma include pain medications, but some cases require invasive surgery.
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. It can reach the desired target without damaging surrounding tissue and is repeatable, if necessary.
A study has opened at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University, which is comparing MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment for osteoid osteoma to radiofrequency ablation.
A study assessed MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat osteoid osteoma at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. Publication of the results is expected soon.
A registry, funded in part by the Foundation, has begun and will enroll more patients at additional sites worldwide. For more information, contact Simal Goman at 416-813-6456 or .
There is a clinical trial that has completed recruitment at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. We are awaiting publication of the results.
For a full list of osteoid osteoma clinical trials, please see here.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology is approved for osteoid osteoma in Europe, Russia and China. The Insightec ExAblate Neuro is approved for treating this condition in Europe.
To date, focused ultrasound is not universally reimbursed by medical insurers for treatment of osteoid osteoma.
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