American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting

February 15, 2018 – February 18, 2018
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

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Special Session

Revolutionizing Ultrasound Applications for Treating Disease
Saturday, Feb, 17, 1:30-3:00, Austin Convention Center - Ballroom F

Research into physical acoustics has enabled the development of innovative approaches to medical diagnosis and therapy, such as ultrasound. Ultrasound has played a central role in the clinic for decades, providing a window into the body that is both safe and revealing. As technology has advanced, new therapeutic applications for ultrasound are emerging that are revolutionizing the treatment of disease: surgery without cutting, drug delivery without systemic exposure, and permeation without tearing. These procedures can all be done from outside the body, and have the potential not only to improve patient outcomes, but also to lower the cost of care. This session describes the science behind how acoustic waves are manipulated and augmented, and how the latest research can lead to these promising applications.

Nathan McDannold, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Christy Holland, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Vera Khokhlova, University of Washington, Seattle, WA/Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Joel Mobley, NCPA, University of Mississippi
Mark Hamilton, U. Texas