High-intensity focused ultrasound for medical therapy

N. P.K. Ellens, K. Hynynen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Ultrasound has a wide range of therapeutic applications derived from both thermal and mechanical effects. The key therapeutic strength of ultrasound is its ability to affect deep-seated tissue precisely and locally without the need for incisions or ionizing radiation. Integration with magnetic resonance imaging has advanced both targeting and monitoring of treatment in real time and has made feasible the application of therapeutic ultrasound for many more conditions. Ongoing development of ultrasound guidance, transducer miniaturization, and the use of injected synthetic microbubbles all offer the potential to expand the reach of this rapidly developing treatment modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPower Ultrasonics
Subtitle of host publicationApplications of High-Intensity Ultrasound
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781782420361
ISBN (Print)9781782420286
StatePublished - 2015


  • Acoustic cavitation
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound
  • Hyperthermia
  • Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Thermal coagulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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