Meeting Report: American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)


The annual meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine was held March 24-28, 2018 in New York, NY. The sessions included many applications for focused ultrasound, from clinical experience to basic science.

aium 2018The Foundation’s Research Fellow, Frederic Padilla, PhD, attended the meeting. “I was pleased to learn about the first focused ultrasound plus contrast agent radiosensitization clinical trial, which is being conducted at Thomas Jefferson University. Current developments in cavitation monitoring and regulating blood-brain barrier opening also caught my attention. Finally, the interest in focused ultrasound for the prostate necessitated AIUM devoting an entire session it,” said Padilla. “I met several new researchers in the field and brought a large amount of information back to the Foundation.”

Clinical Experiences in Therapeutic Ultrasound
MRI-Guided HIFU Ablation of Peripheral Nerves in a Swine Model by Elena Kaye, PhD, Assistant Attending Physicist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Ultrasound Contrast Agents for Augmenting Radiation Therapy by John Eisenbrey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University.

MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound Hyperthermia with Microbubbles for Liposomal Doxorubicin Delivery at Reduced Power Levels by Marc Santos, BASc, Sheng-Kai Wu, PhD, Zhe Li, MASc, David Goertz, PhD, and Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD, FAIUM, Sunnybrook Research Institute and University of Toronto.

Three-Dimensional Subharmonic Microbubble Imaging in the Brain via Sparse Hemispherical Arrays by Ryan Jones, PhD, and Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD, FAIUM, Sunnybrook Research Institute and University of Toronto.

Alleviation of Pain from Metastatic Bone Disease by High-Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound by Gail ter Haar, MA, MSc, PhD, DSc, Professor of Therapy Ultrasound, The Institute of Cancer Research.

Evidence For and Against Effectiveness of Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound for Bone Fracture Healing by Kay Raum, Dr.rer.nat.,rer..medic., Full Professor, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Frederic Padilla, PhD.

Prostate Session: The Continuing Evolution of Prostate UltrasoundHigh Intensity Focused Ultrasound Prostate Ablation by James Wysock, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Health/NYU School of Medicine.

Basic Science/Research
Image-Guided Transfection by Katherine Ferrara, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis.

Nonlinear Simulation for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound by Wayne Kreider, PhD, Senior Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington.