High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Alternative Name: HIFU

Description: A small ultrasound transducer is clamped around the vas deferens and the scrotal skin, and the ultrasound waves are all focused on the vas deferens so that the vas is occluded, but that they do not excessively heat the skin they are passing through.

Product Details

User: Male

Hormonal: No

Delivery Method: Vas Deferens

Duration Type: Permanent, Long-acting

Multipurpose Preventive Technology (MPT): No

Status Details

Developer: Vitality Medical Products

Project Phase: Discovery and Early Development

Development Stage: Prototype Development

Active Development: No

Status Details:
  • Small proof-of-concept studies in dogs have established the proper power level and length of time needed.

Additional Information

References:
  • Acker DE, et al. (2003) Occlusion of tubular anatomical structures by energy application. US patent 6,599,256. September 11, 2000.

  • Roberts WW, Chan DY, et al. (2002) High intensity focused ultrasound ablation of the vas deferens in a canine model. J Urol. 167(6):2613-2617

  • Fried NM, Sinelnikov YD, et al. (2001) Noninvasive vasectomy using a focused ultrasound clip: thermal measurements and simulations. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 48(12):1453-9.

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