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INSIGHTEC announced on Wednesday that the FDA has approved the relabelling of the Exablate system to treat women with symptomatic uterine fibroids who want to spare their uterus and maintain fertility. Exablate can now be used for both women who are “family complete” and those who still want to conceive. Link to article

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Radiology Today’s June feature article publicized a great overview of MRgFUS technology – its current applications in the US and globally, as well as future applications. The article also provides the experiences and points of view of several U.S. champions of the technology, such as Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, from Stanford University Medical Centre and Suzanne LeBlang, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.  For the full link to article.

The article emphasises that despite the high prevalence of fibroids, exceeding 80% among black women and nearly 70% of white women, there are few randomised trials to guide treatment decisions. While concern has been raised regarding overuse of hysterectomies — which account for nearly three quarters of all fibroid procedures – the article discusses several alternatives for women who want to retain their uterus and do not want to undergo the potential complications and recovery time associated with surgery. Link to the full article.

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