Treating Stroke with MR-guided Focused Ultrasound


Late last week, Israeli blogger Mouli Cohen wrote about the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat stroke (see his blog here).

Cohen wrote about the work being done by Thilo Hoelscher M.D. at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Hoelscher is conducting FUS Foundation-funded research using InSightec’s high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system, the ExAblate.

Dr. Hoelscher’s research aims to prove the technology’s capability to non-invasive break-up (“lyse”) stroke-causing blood clots in the brain, thus restoring blood flow. Once this HIFU technology is proven, he says “drugs like tPA won’t be necessary.”

To read more about Dr. Hoelscher’s FUS Foundation fellowship, click here.