Focused ultrasound surgery in oncology: overview and principles

Radiology. 2011 Apr;259(1):39-56. doi: 10.1148/radiol.11100155.


Focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) is a noninvasive image-guided therapy and an alternative to surgical interventions. It presents an opportunity to revolutionize cancer therapy and to affect or change drug delivery of therapeutic agents in new focally targeted ways. In this article the background, principles, technical devices, and clinical cancer applications of image-guided FUS are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ultrasonic Therapy / methods*
  • Ultrasonic Therapy / trends*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / trends*