MRI-controlled rapidly scanned focused ultrasound hyperthermia for temperature sensitive localized drug delivery

Robert Staruch, Jeff Wachsmuth, Rajiv Chopra, Kullervo Hynynena

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Temperature sensitive drug delivery systems have been limited by a lack of versatile, noninvasive methods for applying uniform non-ablative heating. The objective of this study was to characterize and demonstrate an MRI-controlled scanned focused ultrasound system capable of maintaining temporally and spatially uniform target temperatures ex vivo. Degassed turkey breast was heated in a clinical 3T MRI using a single-element focused transducer rapidly scanned along a circular trajectory by an MRI-compatible transducer positioning system. Spatial temperature distribution was measured every 5s using the proton resonance frequency shift. Temperature at the center of the scan trajectory was used as input for proportional-integral control of applied acoustic power. Uniform temperature elevation of 10°C was maintained for several minutes in a 5 mm target diameter using controller gain values identified by numerical simulations. Simultaneous scanning and imaging caused a correctable periodic drift in baseline phase. Temporally and spatially uniform MRI-controlled scanned focused ultrasound hyperthermia was demonstrated ex vivo with a simple feedback control system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2009
Event8th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2008Sep 13 2008

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other8th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Control
  • Drug delivery
  • Focused ultrasound
  • Hyperthermia
  • MRI
  • Thermometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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