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Ultrasound in lieu of scalpel

5 Oct '17
Scientists at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have developed a hardware solution that requires no invasive surgery to remove a tumor in a patient, Hi-news.ru reported.

Their operational prototype, which is said to have been successfully tested, uses ultrasound waves to detect and destroy a neoplasm without any incision. The new system will be most likely used to fight breast, thyroid, kidney and liver cancers. Alexander Berkovich, the head of a medical ultrasound hardware laboratory at St. Petersburg Polytechnic, believes this “noninvasive approach will help avoid post-surgical scars and complications.”

The researcher was quoted as explaining that it’s a special diagnostic scanner that pinpoints a tumor, and then a power sensor sends a targeted ultrasound beam right into the neoplasm to obliterate it.

Solutions that perform similarly across the world are no news to the market; however, according to Mr. Berkovich, all of those are MRI controlled, a procedure much more expensive than the new Russian one. In contrast to the competition, the St. Pete solution is reported to use ultrasound to simultaneously complete three tasks: diagnose, measure temperature, and cure.

“No one uses such ultrasound technology in a single device,” the Russian scientist said.

The St. Petersburg team is reported to have partnered with engineers at the Novosibirsk Instrumentation Factory in Siberia in an effort to bring the solution to market in 2019.
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