Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, participated in an Expert Panel on the Future of Ablation Techniques and Technology. His presentation, entitled “Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound: Transcranial Applications,” was discussed with other emerging interventional technologies.
In their abstract entitled “Treatment of Osteoid Osteoma Using MR Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound: Preliminary Results after Four Patients,” the Stanford Group presented their initial successful experience using focused ultrasound to treat osteoid osteomas in four patients, with 6 months follow-up. Because of its non-invasive, radiation-free, and safe profile, the team now offers MR-guided focused ultrasound treatment as a routine clinical option for patients with osteoid osteomas.
Elizabeth David’s group from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre presented an abstract on “Optimization of the non-perfusion zone in focused ultrasound ablation of fibroids: the ‘vascular’ effect,” concluding that inferiorly placed sonication cells may help achieve complete ablation of target lesions by transferring heat to uterine arterial branches, producing a delayed vascular effect, thereby increasing the nonperfused volume.