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Focused ultrasound surgery-induced vascular occlusion in fetal medicine
Author(s): Ian H. Rivens; Ian Rowland; Mark Denbow; Nicholas M. Fisk; Martin O. Leach; Gail R. ter Haar
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Paper Abstract

Aim: This study investigates whether it is possible to occlude blood flow in vivo using high intensity focused ultrasound surgery (FUS). Such an effect could be used in the non-invasive treatment of fetal dysfunctions. Conclusion: Our ability to curtail blood flow using FUS allows the possibility of non-invasively treating feto-fetal transfusion syndrome by occluding the placental shunt vessels responsible for the vascular imbalance in twins sharing a placenta. This would have advantages over currently available interventional treatments (surgery or intrauterine lasers), which have significant related mortality and morbidity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3249, Surgical Applications of Energy, (2 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304350
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Ian H. Rivens, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Ian Rowland, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Mark Denbow, Queen Charlotte's Hospital (United Kingdom)
Nicholas M. Fisk, Queen Charlotte's Hospital (United Kingdom)
Martin O. Leach, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Gail R. ter Haar, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3249:
Surgical Applications of Energy
Thomas P. Ryan, Editor(s)

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