Welcome to HIFU Bonn 2015

Dear Colleagues,

in recent years, tissue ablation by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has received increasing interest and application as a novel non-invasive modality for local treatment of various solid tumors. The clinical value of HIFU has been evaluated for more than ten years, thus, this innovative technique proved to be a safe and effective treatment option with minimal clinical impact on a patient´s life style and minimal invasiveness.

During HIFU external ultrasonic energy is transmitted into a lesion causing coagulation necrosis in the target region. Hence, lesions are completely destroyed in situ, leaving the skin intact. At present, treatment is either guided by ultrasound (ultrasound-guided HIFU; US-guided HIFU) or by magnetic resonance imaging (MR-guided HIFU; MRgHIFU).

The international HIFU meeting “HIFU: Fundamentals and clinical practice” on September 4-5, 2015 in Bonn, Germany, addresses theoretical as well as practical and clinical aspects of both, US-guided and MR-guided HIFU in all body regions. The event aims to define state-of-the-art HIFU applications. It offers opportunities and platforms for researchers as well as clinicians who have engaged or are going to engage in this interesting topic of non-invasive medicine. It will offer a chance to exchange clinical and scientific experience with experts from Europe, America and Asia.

We hope you can join the meeting and look forward to see you in Bonn!

Sincerely,

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Hans H. Schild   
Prof. Dr. med. Holger M. Strunk
Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Milka Marinova    

Department of Radiology
Hospital & Medical School
University of Bonn