The February 2018 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery’s “Neurosurgical Focus” provides an in-depth review of brain applications of focused ultrasound. The guest editors are a quartet of neurosurgeons with expertise in transcranial focused ultrasound and functional neurosurgery. Nir Lipsman, MD, W. Jeffrey Elias, MD, Ryder P. Gwinn, MD, and Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, chose 15 articles that describe both the history and the state of the art for technical and clinical focused ultrasound research.

JNSSample articles include:

  • A review of potential applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound for targeting brain tumor therapy.
  • Predicting lesion size during focused ultrasound thalamotomy: a review of 63 lesions over 3 clinical trials.
  • Effects on cognition and quality of life with unilateral magnetic resonance–guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for essential tremor.

As a whole, the issue provides a comprehensive inventory of current work in the field and illuminates the future of this pioneering technology. Each article in the issue is available for free.

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