• The event marked one year since the first transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound center in Ufa, Russia, opened.
  • The online congress featured speakers from Japan, Taiwan, Spain, United Kingdom, and Russia.

Key Points

  • The event marked one year since the first transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound center in Ufa, Russia, opened.
  • The online congress featured speakers from Japan, Taiwan, Spain, United Kingdom, and Russia.

FUNNC 2021On May 5, 2021, to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the first transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound center in Ufa, Russia, organizers from the site held the Focused Ultrasound Non-invasive Neurosurgery Congress 2021. The V.S. Buzaev Memorial International Medical Center for Intelligent Neurosurgery Clinic began offering focused ultrasound with Insightec’s Exablate Neuro system in May 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Insightec team was not able to attend the first treatment, so the site was the first to begin treatments with virtual oversight from the manufacturer.

The special online congress featured speakers from Japan, Taiwan, Spain, United Kingdom, and Russia.

Including a warm welcome message from Roni Yagel, PhD, Insightec's Vice President of International Markets, the congress included five hours of presentations, a masterclass on MR-guided focused ultrasound operation, and a full hour of discussion. More than 125 attendees logged in to the live meeting, and hundreds more have now watched the recordings.

Scientific presenters included:
Rationale of Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Various Types of Dystonia – Two New Targets
Takaomi Taira, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Toyko Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
See 13:50 in the recording.

The First Year of the Russia Experience
Research team at V.S. Buzaev Memorial International Medical Center for Intelligent Neurosurgery Clinic
See 41:26 in the recording.

Taiwan Experience in MRgFUS Non-Incision Surgery
Wei Chieh Chang, MD, Show Chwan Memorial Hospital Focused Ultrasound Brain Treatment Center, Taiwan
See 58:20 in the recording.

MRgFUS Treatment - My Personal Experience
Lain Hermes Gonzáles Quarante, MD, HM CINAC (Madrid) and University Clinic Navarra (Pamploma): See See 1:35:10 in the recording.
Overview of the Exablate Platform and Current Investigational Uses
Rick Schallhorn, Insightec, Haifa, Israel
See 2:36:35 in the recording.

The Role of Digital Technologies in Implementing Complex Medical Procedures
Igor Buzaev, MD, Electrocardiologist, Moscow, Russia
See 2:50:10 in the recording.

Neurological Outcomes in Patients with Movement Disorders Treated with MRgFUS
Olga V. Kachemaeva, MD, neurologist, V. S. Buzaev Memorial International Medical Center, Bashkir State Medical University
See 2:59:45 in the recording.

Radiologist’s Impression About MRgFUS After a Year of Work
Dmitriy Krekotin, MD, radiologist, V. S. Buzaev Memorial International Medical Center
See 3:12:00 in the recording.

tcMRgFUS in the Brain – Tremor is Only the Beginning
Dipankar Nandi, MChir, DPhil, FRCS, neurosurgeon, Charing Cross Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
See 3:23:25 in the recording.

The next Focused Ultrasound Non-invasive Neurosurgery meeting will take place May 5, 2022. 

Watch the Recording on YouTube >
Read Dr. Buzaev’s MRgFUS Blog Post >

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