Sleek, Mini Ultrasound Treats Pain from the Pocket

Developed at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), a miniature ultrasound device might be able to deliver therapy from inside a patient's pocket. The device delivers ultrasound waves into muscles through a transducer about the size of a coin, which is placed directly on the skin and converts the waves into electrical energy. The current prototype is so gentle that it can stay in contact with the skin for up to 10 hours.

February 22, 2010

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Sleek, Mini Ultrasound Treats Pain from the Pocket

George Lewis, creator of the ultrasound, is preparing for the product's first clinical trial. The study will observe whether the device can reduce joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Its success will be based upon both reduced joint pain and increased mobility in patients.

Lewis is also collaborating with an MBA student from Cornell, Bryant Guffey, to form ZetrOZ Inc. in efforts to bring the device to commercialization. In the future, Lewis and Guffey hope to use the device for muscle healing and drug delivery. Another possibility is for the treatment of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. In this case, the ultrasound would be used to disperse the drug to kill any remaining cancer following tumor removal.

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