Human ability to see light & sense sound have been one of the best abilities. On one side we can hear and cherish music and on the other, we cherish voices of our loved ones.
Sound can do one more great thing, it can heal various problems that were previously treated using surgeries only.
Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.
This innovation comes from convergence of two non-technologies:
- Force of Ultrasound and
- Vision enabled by magnetic resonance imaging.
Ultrasound is no longer just a tool of detecting structures, it can actually be used to shave away parts for treatment. Focussed Ultrasound can be quiet powerful and has endless value in modern medical treatments.
You know all about imaging, right, ultrasound imaging. And you know also about lithotripsy — breaking kidney stones. But ultrasound can be shaped to be anything in between, because it’s a mechanical force. Basically, it’s a force acting on a tissue that it transverses. So you can change the intensity, the frequency, the duration, the pulse shape of the ultrasound to create anything from an airbrush to a hammer.
Think about the amount of suffering that is saved from patients undergoing noninvasive surgery, and also the economical and emotional burden removed from their families and communities and the society at large.