The Sonalleve MR-HIFU (MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) fibroid therapy system, by Philips, offers a non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. It combines the power of two modalities by integrating an advanced high intensity focused ultrasound system into the patient table of the Achieva MR system. It uses focused ultrasound waves to heat and coagulate tissue deep inside the body without damaging intervening tissue, and combines this with advanced planning, guidance and temperature monitoring provided by MR. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, with an almost full recovery within a few days.
MR Therapy Combines Two Modalities
73-year-old man with papillary carcinoma of left lobe of thyroid. Screen shot shows example of thyroid nodule annotation (segmentation and TI-RADS annotation) performed on ultrasound image in longitudinal projection with electronic Physician Annotation Device software (Stanford Medicine Radiology). Radiologists performed nodule segmentation by selecting points (red) on nodule outline (green), while controlling smoothing of outline polygon by means of spline interpolation.
This is a lung X-ray reviewed automatically by artificial intelligence (AI) to identify a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) in the color coded area. This AI app from Lunit is awaiting final FDA review and in planned to be integrated into several vendors' mobile digital radiography (DR) systems. Fujifilm showed this software integrated as a work-in-progress into its mobile X-ray system at RSNA 2019. GE Healthcare has its own version of this software for its mobile r=ray systems that gained FDA in 2019.
The Hitachi Scenaria View CT scanner on display at the 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December. This workhorse 64 or 128 slice CT system, and Hitchai's portfolio of MRI and ultrasound systems, is attracting the attention of Fujifilm, which does not have some of these technologies. Combined, the new new portfolio may help Fujifilm capture a larger portion of international radiology market share. Photo by Dave Fornell.