High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a new innovative treatment for certain conditions, such as tumors. It uses high-intensity focused ultrasound waves to target and destroy cancer cells. Unlike traditional treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy, HIFU treatment is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia or cutting into the skull.
Neuro-HIFU was introduced and installed by specialists, namely Professor Roberto Blanco Sequeiros and Assistant Professor Janek Frantzén, in Turku University Hospital (TYKS), the first Nordic University hospital to have this technology. This treatment method has been used to treat various tumors of the trunk and extremities. Currently, it is being used to target the brain, particularly in treating movement disorders. Furthermore, the target of active research is the treatment of brain tumors beyond surgery and other treatment by way of Neuro-HIFU treatment, which could provide a less invasive option for patients.
Representatives from the University of Oulu, including Professors Vesa Kiviniemi and Mikael von und zu Fraunberg and Oulu Brain and Mind Center’s Customer Relationship Manager Irja Kärkkäinen, recently visited Tyks to learn more about Neuro-HIFU treatment. Hannah Liuska, Turku Brain and Mind Center’s Development Manager, joined the visit that provided an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and collaboration between the two institutions, which is crucial in advancing medical research and treatment.
The potential of Neuro-HIFU treatment is immense, and it is revolutionizing how brain tumors are treated. While there are still challenges in the research and development of the technology, the expected benefits are clear.
For more information about Neuro-HIFU:
HIFU research work: https://hifu.utu.fi/
Clinical work (in Finnish): https://www.tyks.fi/tietoa-tyksista/tyksin-organisaatio/huippuosaamisyksikot/neuromodulaatiohoiden-huippuosaamisykskiko
In the picture, from right to left, Professor Mikael von und zu Fraunberg, Assistant Professor Janek Frantzén, Irja Kärkkäinen and Hannah Liuska.