MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery in musculoskeletal diseases: The hot topics

Alberto Bazzocchi, Alessandro Napoli, Beatrice Sacconi, Giuseppe Battista, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Carlo Catalano, Ugo Albisinni

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MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) is a minimally invasive treatment guided by the most sophisticated imaging tool available in today's clinical practice. Both the imaging and therapeutic sides of the equipment are based on non-ionizing energy. This technique is a very promising option as potential treatment for several pathologies, including musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders. Apart from clinical applications, MRgFUS technology is the result of long, heavy and cumulative efforts exploring the effects of ultrasound on biological tissues and function, the generation of focused ultrasound and treatment monitoring by MRI. The aim of this article is to give an updated overview on a "new" interventional technique and on its applications for MSK and allied sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150358
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1057
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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