[W1/2.4] – Suite 7
Focused ultrasound therapy and robotic technology: from the concept to the bedside



Therapeutic Ultrasound is an emerging field of research. It potentially allows the treatment of different pathologies non-invasively. Further figures of merit are the precision, rapidity, selectivity and the absence of ionizing radiations. The technological developments of the latest years brought to an exponential growth of the equipment and devices available in the market and of the indications from the European an American Committees. It has been clinically demonstrated that therapeutic ultrasound produces several advantageous effects. However, there are still some lacks from a technological viewpoint which slower a real clinical translation. These issues will be on the basis of the proposed workshop, whose final aim is to present the latest advances and the still open problems to a different community, which share the same final targets and the same methodologies, instruments and approaches. The number of papers related to therapeutic ultrasound in EMBC is still limited. At the same time, this interest is lively, as indicated by different projects in the field and continuous attention by the largest companies involved in healthcare in therapeutic ultrasound. In the latest years, the proposers have spent several efforts in the combination of therapeutic ultrasound and robotics, as an example of integration between different and converging field. The workshop could be organized in the following sessions: Therapeutic Ultrasound as a whole: physical bases, bioeffects, state-of-the-art of the industrial/research community Applications: from a clinical and engineering viewpoint Technological challenges: this section will include therapy planning, image guidance and image processing, therapy assessment, intracavitary devices, ultrasound at the microscale (interaction between ultrasound and milli/micro devices such as microbubbles and ultrasound responsive targets), cell stimulation.


Prof. Arianna Menciassi, The BioRobotics Insititute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy)
Prof. Andreas Melzer, Institute for Medical Science and Technology IMSaT, University Dundee (UK)


8.30 – 8.45 Welcome (Prof. Menciassi and Prof. Melzer)
8.45 – 9.15 Introduction (Prof. Andreas Melzer)
9.15 – 9.45 Advanced technologies for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ultrasound (Dr. Steffen Tretbar)
9.45 – 10.15 Clinical applications of HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) and CEUS (Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound) (Prof. Franco Orsi)
10.15 – 10.45 State of the Art and Future Application for FUS in Urology (Prof. Ghulam Nabi)
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11.30 Tissue response monitoring during ultrasound therapy and solutions for motion compensation (Prof. Takashi Azuma/Dr. Norihiro Koizumi)
11.30 – 11.45 Theraclion’s current robotic HIFU technology and future developments (Dr. Francois Lacoste)
11.45 – 12.00 HIFU transducers: potentials and limitations (Dr. Erik Dumont)
12.00 – 12.15 Industrial perspective of the HIFU technologies (Dr. Matteo Santoro)
12.15 – 12.30 Focused Ultrasound Therapy using robotic approach: FUTURA project (Prof. Arianna Menciassi)
12.30 – 12.45 Wrap up and topic definition for the afternoon session (Chair: Prof. Menciassi and Prof. Melzer)
12.45 End of the morning session of the Workshop

More details can be found at the page: www.futuraproject.eu/node/143