The Philips Sonalleve uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to surgically remove tissue inside the body through the intact skin. This noninvasive procedure, referred to as thermal ablation, is monitored with realtime MR imaging. During treatment residual heat occurs on the patient’s skin which necessitates extended pauses between sonications. This additional time can make the procedure costly and uncomfortable for the patient.
The Cool Patient project aims to decrease the duration of the procedure while maintaining or increasing patient comfort. The project seeks to accomplish this through the development of a cooling interface between the patient and the HIFU device which will decrease the time needed between sonications.
Sponsored by Philips