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

A. Bazzocchi, A. Napoli, Beatrice Sacconi, G. Battista, G. Guglielmi, C. Catalano, U. 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. © 2015 The Authors. Published by the British Institute of Radiology.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1057
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • bone metastasis
  • bone tumor
  • clinical practice
  • cortical bone
  • gynecology
  • high intensity focused ultrasound
  • human
  • minimally invasive procedure
  • musculoskeletal disease
  • nuclear magnetic resonance imaging
  • patient monitoring
  • radiotherapy
  • Review
  • temperature measurement
  • ultrasound surgery
  • urology
  • interventional magnetic resonance imaging
  • pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Ultrasonic Surgical Procedures


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