The 11th edition of the CIBM Breakfast and Science Seminar series, chaired by Prof. Francois Lazeyras, started on Jan. 26, 2021, with the presentation entitled “Brain MRgFUS: a review of physical principles, clinical status, and recent clinical research”, delivered by Prof. Salomir Rares Vincent from the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at UNIGE. The presentation was very well received, with members of the audience posting numerous flattering comments in the Zoom chat box throughout Prof. Rares’ talk, some of which you can read below. 


” This is a beautiful engineering problem! “

Thanks for the great presentation. “

Thank you for the magnificent talk Rares !!! ” 

” Thanks for the exciting meeting, as always. “

Brain MRgFUS: review of physical principles, clinical status and recent clinical research

Salomir Rares Vincent,
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics, UNIGE and Division of Radiology, HUG

Abstract: Focused ultrasound was suggested in the middle of XXth century as a non-invasive therapy, delivering sharply defined patterns of energy deep inside the body.
Technological progress yielding large scale phased arrays of ultrasound sources and its coupling to magnetic resonance guidance and real time thermometry have enabled various medical applications. FDA approved and CE marked devices are available for localized thermal ablation of uterine fibroid, pain palliation of bone metastases, localized prostate cancer and neurological functional disorders (ET, PD). Beam focusing through the skull enabled incision-less MRgFUS thalamotomy, that is already recognized as an effective approach for single session permanent treatment of ED and some PD. Beside the current clinical application, recent reports addressed the feasibility and safety of BBB opening for local drug delivery in humans.

About the Speaker: Born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Obtained Ph.D in Therapeutic Imaging in 2001. Tenure track professor in 2017. Head of Image Guided Interventions Laboratory at UNIGE-HUG since 2014. A chief physicist at the HUG Radiology Division. Full member of Ph.D School of Life Sciences. Main research topics include MR-uided Focused Ultrasound and Hybrid Imaging Devices for Interventional Radiology.


Seminar Chair

François Lazeyras,
Head of CIBM MRI HUG-UNIGE Clinical MR Imaging Section

The monthly meet-up seminar series is a great environment to ask questions or to share insights on challenges and solutions. It’s also a good way to broaden and enrich professional networks.

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