Focused Ultrasound at RSNA 2015


The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has again featured significant focused ultrasound research at its 2015 annual meeting, held November 29 through December 4 in Chicago. There were 18 presentations covering neurological and oncological applications, bone, pancreas and liver, and women’s health. Full-day sessions were devoted to liver/pancreas and uterine fibroids.

RSNA 2015In his presidential address, RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, MD, said, “…radiologists must be ready to embrace not only the technological innovations that are unfolding at warp speed but also to become catalysts for change within their own practices and the profession as a whole. Radiology’s future includes everything from wearable devices and the world’s fas receiving-only 2-D cameras to quantum computers…Other advancements likely to impact radiology include high-intensity focused ultrasound…..” 

Below is a complete list of the focused ultrasound presentations categorized by indication. To access the full text, go to the meeting website, enter the abstract number or key words in the text box located in the left-hand column, and then click on the title of the presentation.

Neurologic Applications of MR-guided HIFU by Max Wintermark, MD RC117A

Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) for Totally Non-Invasive Treatment of Osteoid Osteoma: A Prospective Development Study by Maurizio Del Monte et al. SSA13-06

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Osteoid Osteoma: Experience of a Single Center Using MR Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) or Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) by Francesco Arrigoni et al. VSIO31-11

Palliation of Painful Metastases to Bone by Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD RC117D

Interventional Oncology Series: Lung and Musculoskeletal: Patient Selection and Outcomes with MRgFUS by Alessandro Napoli, MD VSIO31-10

Body Applications of MR-guided HIFU by Alessandro Napoli, MD RC117C

Ultrasound-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancer by Maximilian Rauch et al. VI145-ED-X

Focal Therapy for a Focal Disease. Treatment of Locally Non-advanced Prostate Cancer with 3T Magnetic Resonance Guided High Intensity by Maurizio Del Monte et al. VI205-ED-X

Thermal Ablation of a Confluent Lesion in the Porcine Kidney with Magnetic Resonance Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU) by Johanna M. van Breugel, MSc, et al. VSIO11-16

Procedural Sedation and Analgesia versus General Anesthesia for Respiratory-gated MR-HIFU Ablation in the Liver by Johanna M. van Breugel, MSc, et al. SSK18-06

Thermometry Methods for Therapy Monitoring for MRgFUS Applications by Senay Mihcin et al. PH012-EB-TUA

Women’s Health
Gynecologic Applications of MR-guided HIFU by Young-Sun Kim, MD RC117B

Myoma, She Wrote: Solving the Mystery of Interventional Management Iin Uterine Fibroids by Heidi Coy et al. OB100-ED-X

Uterine Fibroids: Common Presentations and Rare Complications by Sara K. Plett, MD, et al. OB137-ED-X

Initial Application of T2* Mapping of the Uterine Fibroids in the Screening of MR-HIFU by Ying Zhu, MD et al. GU220-SD-MOB5

Bowel Interposition is No Longer an Obstacle in MR-guided High-intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation of the Uterus (Poster) by Young-Sun Kim, MD, et al. VI223-SD-MOB1

Favorable Outcomes and Fertility Perspective in Women Treated by MRgFUS for Uterine Fibroids: Pregnancy Results (Poster) by Fabiana Ferrari, MD et al. GU207-SD-SUB3

Mini-invasive Treatment of Uterine Adenomyosis Using MRgFUS: Success Rate and MRI Imaging Follow-up after 4 Years (Poster) by Fabiana Ferrari, MD, et al. GU216-SD-MOB1