Key Points

  • Approximately 30 experts met virtually in December 2020.
  • The group discussed an ongoing clinical trial and next steps for using focused ultrasound to treat pediatric benign brain tumors.
  • The content from the workshop was captured in a white paper.


Key Points

  • Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, MA, has joined the Foundation as a Senior Advisor for Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapeutics.
  • He will provide input on research projects that involve medical imaging technology.
  • He will also interface with professional societies and represent the Foundation at scientific and medical meetings.


Key Points

  • Medicare patients in Kentucky, Ohio, and ten states in the Northeast will soon have access to focused ultrasound therapy for tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease.
  • A total of 19 states have announced coverage for the treatment under Medicare.
  • Please remember to make sure your nearest treatment center accepts Medicare patients.


Key Points

  • A Research Letter in Circulation details feasibility results from the first 10 patients treated in a clinical trial to soften calcified aortic heart valves.
  • Six participants responded to the treatment, possibly due to a longer duration of therapy.
  • Cardiawave is developing Valvosoft®, an investigational device, not approved for marketing  and not CE-marked, to mechanically soften the hardened valves, improve valve function, and reduce symptoms.

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