Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with addiction. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the brain, known be involved in manifestation of addiction, without damaging surrounding normal tissue. Where the beams converge, the ultrasound can produce biological effects that can potentially help with addiction. One is precise ablation (thermal destruction of tissue) and the second is neuromodulation (altering the effects of neural impulses). Though still in the very early stages of development, for certain patients, these focused ultrasound techniques have potential to provide a noninvasive, and more effective treatment for addiction.
- Focused ultrasound can reach the desired target(s) without damaging surrounding tissue.
- It can be repeated, if necessary.
At the present time, there are no clinical trials recruiting patients for focused ultrasound treatment for addiction.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound treatment for addiction is not yet approved by regulatory bodies or covered by medical insurance companies.