That of focused ultrasound (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound -HIFU) is one of many technologies which, while placing Italy at the forefront of the world, unfortunately in our own country are not yet adequately recognized.
Suffice it to say that although it has been widely approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the strict US government body that deals with the regulation of food and pharmaceutical products, we find it hard to be recognized even by hospitals.
To launch the appeal, illustrating the high-tech future of surgery, is the prof. Alessandro Napoli, whose theories have also been recognized at Harvard with the prestigious Lodwick Prize, as part of the Congress “Young Surgeon Training – We are the future”Just held in Rome.
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Focused ultrasound: what they are
As the researcher explains, the focused ultrasound are used in clinical practice to treat a variety of benign and malignant diseases, including uterine fibroids, with excellent results on fertility in women wishing to become pregnant. But the real leap in quality for the technique is the association of the guide of magnetic resonance images, which significantly increases the safety and efficacy, being able to provide “the best possible localization and extension of the tumor or target”.
The methodicalit also allows you to cure pain caused by bone metastases, cancer of the inoperable pancreas, that of the prostate, liver (in some cases), pediatric bone lesions such as osteoid osteoma. One of the most promising applications, recently introduced in Italy thanks to a research project financed by MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) with European funds, is the possibility of treating certain movement disorders such as tremor ( even some forms of Parkinson’s) in a completely non-invasive way and with rapid results.
“But important progress – adds the expert – also occurs in the treatment of back pain linked to the presence of a herniated disc, a protrusion, a stenosis or a relapse after back surgery. Most of the low back pain and sciatica pain (and in general acute or chronic back pain) can be treated with a technology that uses radiofrequency energy – he continues -. Unlike other methods, especially traditional surgical ones, the advantage is in the absence of bloody interventions (cuts or incisions) thus allowing the body itself to restore the general state of health once the problem of low back pain or pain has been resolved. low back pain “.
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