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 benign breast tumors. Most of the work done has been on breast fibroadenoma. 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 breast fibroadenoma to be treated without surgery.
The primary options for treatment of breast fibroadenoma include 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. There is also little to no scarring and minimal risk for breast deformation, and focused ultrasound therapy allows for a shorter recovery time.
A multi-site clinical trial is being conducted using focused ultrasound to treat breast fibroadenoma.
An additional study is treating breast fibroadenoma with focused ultrasound in Bulgaria.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
The Theraclion Echopulse system has received approval in Europe and Korea for the treatment of breast fibroadenoma. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only device approved for this indication.
To the best of our knowledge, focused ultrasound treatment for breast fibroadenoma is not reimbursed universally by medical insurers.
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