2007 02 05 MR Guided HIFU Symposium Stanford

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SUMC ShieldSymposium on MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound | Official Symposium URL

  Date:  Monday, February 5, 2007

Location: Clark Center S360 (3rd Floor; enter through Peet's Coffee) Stanford University campus

Description A state of the art high intensity focused ultrasound system has just been installed on the 3T MRI in the Department of Radiology (Lucas Center) and we are bringing together leading world experts to describe their experiences with this technology and their vision for the future. The purpose of the symposium is to introduce MRI-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MR-guided HIFU) to our faculty and students, and to demonstrate both the clinical capabilities and research opportunities for focused ultrasound techniques.

What is MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound? MR- guided focused ultrasound is a promising technique for the next generation of non-invasive therapy systems. With this technology, ultrasound energy is focused at a point deep within the body. One very exciting use is that it can be used to thermally ablate targeted tissue. This can be done with minimal heat deposition at the skin surface and without skin puncture or incision. MRI temperature imaging provides real-time control of the treatment.

Topics include:

   * Technology Overview
   * History and Future Vision
   * Applications for Uterine Fibroids, Prostate, Neuro, Liver, Spleen, General Abdominal Tumors and Bone


  • Robert Herfkens, MD, Symposium Moderator, 8:30 - 8:35 am Welcome
  • Gary M. Glazer, MD, 8:35 - 9:05 History of HIFU
  • Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD, 9:05 - 9:20 What is MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound?
  • Kim Butts Pauly, PhD, 9:20 - 10:00 Overview of the InSightec HIFU Technology
  • Yoav Medan, PhD, InSightec, 10:10 - 10:50 Focused Ultrasound Treatments of Uterine Fibroids
  • Gina K. Hesley, M.D, 10:50 - 11:10 Hand-held HIFU
  • Kim Butts Pauly, PhD, 11:10 - 11:30 Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers (CMUTs)
  • Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub PhD, 12:00 - 1:00 HIFU Applications in Liver, Spleen, General Abdominal Tumors and Bone
  • Wladyslaw (Wady) Gedroyc, MD, 1:00 - 1:30pm HIFU in Neuro Applications
  • Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD, 1:30 - 1:50pm High Intensity Ultrasound Treatment of Prostate
  • F. Graham Sommer, MD, 1:50 - 2:35pm Focused Ultrasound Treatment of Prostate
  • Clare Tempany, MD, 2:35 - 2:50 Future of MR-guided HIFU
  • Kobi Vortman, InSightec


  • Wladyslaw Gedroyc, MD,Professor of Radiology, Imperial College London and St Mary’s Hospital
  • Gina K. Hesley, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD. B. Leonard Holman Professor of Radiology, Vice Chairman for Research, Director, Division of MRI and Image Guided Therapy Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Yoav Medan, PhD, Vice President Advanced Development, InSightec
  • Kim Butts Pauly Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • F. Graham Sommer, MD, Professor of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Clare Tempany, MD, Director of Clinical MRI, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Kobi Vortman, PhD, President and CEO, InSightec