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The purpose of this prospective multicenter study was to assess the safety and technical feasibility of volumetric Magnetic Resonance-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU) ablation for treatment of patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids. Thirty-three patients with 36 fibroids were treated with volumetric MR-HIFU ablation. Treatment(More)
PURPOSE To describe the preliminary safety and accuracy of a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided high-intensity-focused ultrasound (HIFU) system employing new technical developments, including ablation control via volumetric thermal feedback, for the treatment of uterine leiomyomata with histopathologic correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this phase(More)
Cardiovascular intervention guidance requires knowledge of heart function relative to its blood supply or venous drainage. Functional and vascular anatomic data are usually generated on different imaging systems, so fusion of the data is necessary to simultaneously visualize the results for intervention planning and guidance. The objective of this work is(More)
Clinical use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) under ultrasound or MR guidance as a non-invasive method for treating tumors is rapidly increasing. Tens of thousands of patients have been treated for uterine fibroid, benign prostate hyperplasia, bone metastases, or prostate cancer. Despite the methods' clinical potential, the liver is a(More)
This pilot study compared the detectability of internal thermal marks produced with MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) on MRI, computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography (US), and color images from digital scanning. Internal marks made using MRgFUS could potentially guide surgical, biopsy or radiotherapy procedures. New Zealand White rabbits (n = 6)(More)
In order to ensure safe magnetic resonance-guided, high-intensity focused, ultrasound ablation of uterine leiomyomas, the ultrasound beam path should be free of intervening scar and bowel. Pre-treatment MRI of a 9-cm long and 7.7-cm wide leiomyomatous uterus in a 39-year-old woman with menorrhagia and abdominopelvic pain initially demonstrated a focused(More)
The cytoskeleton is a dense network of partially crosslinked filamentous actin that provides structure to cells. Modeling this complicated network requires understanding how its individual elements interact. Filamin 1 (known previously as ABP or ABP-280) is a large 2x280.5 kDa dimeric actin crosslinking protein found in eukaryotic cells that promotes actin(More)
Temperature monitoring is most important during the application of thermal treatment, such as in the case of Focused Ultrasound Surgery (FUS). Currently, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the predominant method for temperature mapping of FUS. However, its high cost, low temporal resolution and limited availability and applicability often result in its(More)
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