As focused ultrasound, a relatively young medical technology becomes increasingly more sophisticated, researchers and clinicians from around the world will continue to advance uses of the application for treatment of uterine fibroids.
In October, the Fibroid Relief Team had the fortunate experience of joining an esteemed group of leading experts in the field of focused ultrasound from around the world as they discussed their work with uterine fibroids. Here are a few highlights from the MR-guided Focused Ultrasound 2nd International Symposium. If you are a patient interested in focused ultrasound, this should be EXCITING news to you as well.
- A clinician in South Korea is researching the possible use of an “energy blocking” scar patch that would allow patients with abdominal scars, such as c-section scars, to be treated with focused ultrasound. Currently, up to 25% of patients with abdominal scars areexcludeddue to the increased risk of skin burns.
- If this is to be accepted as a standard treatment protocol,many more women will potentially qualifyfor this non-invasive treatment option.
- Enhancements to the ExAblate system will allow patientswith larger fibroidsto be treated.
- A group in the Netherlands is researching the use of focused ultrasound for targeted vessel ablation, possibly allowing for faster, complete fibroid ablation during a focused ultrasound session.Think of it as a possibleuterine fibroid embolization/focused ultrasound treatment in one.
It is exciting to think about the possibilities of what the future holds for this technology. However limited or non-existent access to this non-invasive treatment option for women due to lack of coverage by private insurance companies in the U.S. is frustrating! Fibroid Relief is committed to working on a solution and is engaged with its industry partners on an ongoing basis on how best to open access to all women. In the meantime, please remember to consider focused ultrasound as a viable treatment option. Don’t forget to download our reimbursement toolkit to help you with the process.