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 chronic cervicitis. 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 chronic cervicitis to be treated without surgery. While significant work has been accomplished, there is still much to be done before this technology will be widely available.
The primary options for treatment of chronic cervicitis include medication or surgical procedures.
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. It also protects the physiological functions and biological structure of the cervix and is considered a safe treatment with no scars and a low recurrence rate.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound treatment of cervicitis.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for cervicitis is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.
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