Advances in focused ultrasound brain treatment are ongoing. Efforts to expand the treatment envelope in the brain are addressed in this month’s research roundup.

researchroundupNew arrays for transcranial sonication, efficiency of acoustic energy delivery through the skull, and thalamotomy for treating Parkinson’s disease are included. In hypertension, a Chinese group has begun clinical trials for renal denervation.

Chang et al. Factors Associated with Successful Magnetic Resonance--guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment: Efficiency of Acoustic Energy Delivery through the Skull. Journal of Neurosurgery

Kyriakou et al. Full-wave acoustic and thermal modeling of transcranial ultrasound propagation and investigation of skull-induced aberration correction techniques: a feasibility study. Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound

Schlesinger et al. MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy for Moderate-to-Severe Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease

Rong et al. Noninvasive Renal Denervation for Resistant Hypertension Using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound [Letter to the Editor] Hypertension

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