Development of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ablation therapy
I work with focused ultrasound (a.k.a. HIFU or FUS), a technology that can be used to non-invasively ablate (destroy) tumors. Ablation has been demonstrated in human studies, but remains impractical because procedures take a long time (4-8 hours). At the VU Institute of Imaging Science we are developing ways to accelerate HIFU ablation therapy, as well as expand its use to other applications.