New systems for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) are providing insight into the treatment of brain tumors, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. Potential applications for therapeutic ultrasound include pre-hospital stroke treatment using portable ultrasound; temporary opening of the blood-brain barrier; noninvasive surgery and local drug delivery. This presentation will give an overview of current research activities and preview how ultrasound might be used in the future.
- Learn how transcranial High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) enables noninvasive clot destruction within seconds, without the need of further drugs
- Understand why transcranial HIFU might be used for noninvasive treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's
- Discover how localized opening of the blood-brain barrier enables the local delivery of drugs or genetic material into harmed brain tissue such as brain tumors
- Learn how portable ultrasound devices can be used to treat acute stroke "in the field" and during transport
Thilo Hoelscher is an assistant professor in the Departments of Radiology and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. As director of the university's Brain Ultrasound Research Laboratory, he is involved with the development of therapeutic ultrasound and its potential to treat the human brain. Hoelscher received his M.D. from the University of Essen in Germany.