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 with sacroiliitis. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue.
How it Works
Where the beams converge, the ultrasound produces precise ablation of nerve tissue that supplies the inflamed sacroiliac joints, alleviating the pain caused by sacroiliitis.
The primary options for treatment of sacroiliitis include medication (both over the counter and prescription pain relievers), physical therapy, joint injections, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and invasive surgery.
For certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a noninvasive alternative to RFA or 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.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound treatment of sacroiliitis.
Regulatory Approvals and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for sacroiliitis is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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