Profound Medical Corp. and Philips have signed a sales and marketing agreement to advance the commercial launch of Profound’s TULSA-PRO™, a minimally invasive system to ablate targeted prostate tissue. This technique has the potential to save sensitive anatomical structures around the prostate to promote better quality of life for the patient.
TULSA (Transurethral Ultrasound Ablation) technology combines real-time Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging with transurethral therapeutic, robotically-driven ultrasound and closed-loop thermal feedback control. It will be combined with Philips MR-HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) to provide a highly precise treatment tailored to patient-specific anatomy and pathology.
Performed in an interventional MRI setting, it is the natural next step from MR imaging based diagnosis and MR guided prostate biopsy to therapy delivery. Aiming at comparable clinical outcomes as established therapy regimes, while minimizing treatment related morbidity and preserving quality of life of prostate cancer patients, TULSA-PRO MR guided high intensity ultrasound prostate cancer therapy has the potential to attract large numbers of patients to our customers’ institutions.
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