HIFU or high intensity focused ultrasound, is a non-surgical, radiation-free, single outpatient procedure that uses focused sound waves to heat and destroy tissue.
As recent as October 2015, the FDA cleared HIFU for prostate tissue ablation. Formerly, men disagnosed with prostate cancer were often forced to choose between watchful waiting or invasive surgery. The targeted precision of focused ultrasound provides a meaningful solution. Small tumors are destroyed while the prostate gland and healthy tissue are preserved.
On July 11, 2016, the FDA approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. The device uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors.
While focused ultrasound is currently used to treat an array of ailments, from soft tissue tumors and bone metastasis to uterine fibroids, the future potential is vast. Last year, a team of scientists at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto opened the blood-brain barrier with ultrasound for the first time.
Pioneering companies like Alpinion Medical Systems, a leader in the development of diagnostic, therapeutic, and research ultrasound, are paving the way for researchers with devices like the high intensity focused ultrasound product, the VIFU 2000.
Alpinion’s integrated pre-clinical VIFU 2000 is designed for investigating a variety of high intensity focused ultrasound applications in small animal research, including tumor ablation, enhanced drug delivery, and cavitation effect studies, among others. The VIFU 2000 pairs with the E-Cube 9—available through SonoDepot—and E-Cube 12R.
Floyd McAuliffe, Founder and President along with his brother Jack McAuliffe, CEO, are the owners of SonoDepot and trailblazers of OEM-Independent Ultrasound Support providing superior service to healthcare providers in the U.S. since 1985. SonoDepot, based in Central Florida, is an exclusive sales and service provider for the revolutionary Alpinion Ultrasound product line featuring the E-CUBE series. The company also proudly repairs, services and sells the industry's most respected brands including GE, Philips, and Siemens. SonoDepot’s services include ultrasound repair, transducer repair, probe evaluation and maintenance. They are retailers of both new and refurbished ultrasound systems. With a rapid 15-30 minute response time and 24/7 nationwide service, SonoDepot is keenly focused on customer service. 90% of SonoDepot's ultrasound repair clients are repeat customers who refer colleagues.