September 4, 2014

Sahlgrenska – a possible new home for the method MRgFUS

On September 3rd , Dr Olle Corneliusson and Dr Magnus Tisell from the Department of Neurosurgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital held a lecture about Transcranial Magnetic Resonance guided Focused Ultrasound Therapy (MRgFUS).

So, what exactly does this mean ? Ultrasound energy from a certain amount of transducers  is used in a controlled and focused way to penetrate the skull. The process is monitorized with a MRI. Possible treatment areas are motor skills disorders such as parkinsons, tremor, dystonia or brain tumours, stroke, epilepsy and hydrocephalus.

Since complications during invasive surgeries can lead to devastating consequences for the patient, the search for minimally invasive or non-invasive methods within neuro surgery has continued. Today MRgFUS is only available in ten centres worldwide, out of which two are located in Europe.

Although it is still considered an experimental procedure, Dr Olle Corneliusson and Dr Magnus Tisell are convinced this technique would fit right in to the Centre for Imaging and Intervention (BoIC) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The technique requires a close collaboration between physicists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, MRI-professionals, administrators and more. Gathered at this centre, this will enable a closer cooperation between Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

Dr Olle Corneliusson on the advantages of the method MRgFUS
Dr Olle Corneliusson on the advantages of the method MRgFUS

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