Last August, the Foundation newsletter reported that the University of California San Francisco had received a $1,368,750 grant from the National Institutes of Health to install a MR-guided focused ultrasound system.

Principal investigator for the project - Fergus Coakley, M.D., Professor of Radiology, Abdominal Imaging Section Chief, and Vice Chair of Clinical Service - said that the equipment would be used to explore new applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound such as treatments for painful bone metastases and prostate cancer. "We're looking to push the envelope and do what we can to advance this exciting field," he said.

This month, UCSF formally posted a job opening for a MRg-FUS scientist to help with that effort. The job posting notes:

"This imaging scientist will have a demonstrated record of developing, conducting and evaluating high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in a clinical research environment and will have a strong fundamental understanding of MR and HIFU physics. The candidate is expected to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to formulate new research directions. Expected activities will include establishment and performance of regular Quality Assurance ing. The candidate is also expected to actively engage in teaching as well as university and public service, consistent with university policy."

Read the complete job posting on the ISMRM website (



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