Beyond Imaging

The Amazing Power of Ultrasound: from Destroying Tumors to Healing the Brain, and More!

by Victor Frenkel



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/24/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781665760263
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781665760270

About the Book

When most of us hear the word ultrasound, we typically think of diagnostic imaging; especially in regard to its use in obstetrics. Ultrasound, however, can also be used for a wide variety of therapeutic applications, which the author has chosen as the theme of this book. The book begins with a primer on sound waves, which are followed with some basics on imaging. Next are descriptions of the evolving technology, with a specific emphasis on medical applications. Examples are given of the different procedures that are carried out using sophisticated, non-invasive, image-guided devices. Each procedure is carefully explained with the help of many detailed illustrations. Examples of these include the destruction of tumors deep within the body using highly focused ultrasound beams. Especially impressive are the treatments that are guided with realtime MRI. One in particular is employed for opening barriers in the brain to facilitate the delivery of a range of agents for treating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. For almost thirty years, Victor Frenkel has worked as a teacher, mentor, and research scientist at medical schools, engineering departments, and government institutions. Along the way he made his own contributions in the field of therapeutic ultrasound. These include the development of novel treatment protocols, and also designing and building the devices used to carry them out. Told with easy-to-follow language, including key historical and cultural perspectives, this book is meant for anyone who loves cutting edge technology, especially pertaining to medical treatments.

About the Author

Victor Frenkel, PhD (Author) was born in Montreal, Canada in 1960. After receiving an associate degree in physics, he moved to Israel. For many years, he lived on a kibbutz in the southern desert, served in the military, and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies. He first began working with ultrasound during his dissertation research at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He came to Baltimore for a postdoctoral fellowship in 1999 at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. He then moved on to work as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, applying his expertise and knowledge for translational applications in human health. For three years, he taught biomedical engineering to undergraduate and graduate students at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After that, he accepted a position as Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and took on the role of founding director of the Translational Focused Ultrasound Research program. He is currently on the faculty at the Center for Nanomedicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For almost thirty years, he has investigated how ultrasound can be used to enhance the delivery of therapeutics in various treatment applications. He has published over one hundred peer-reviewed original research articles, invited review papers, conference proceedings, editorials, book chapters, and books. He lives in central Maryland with his two teenage sons and his twelve-year-old rescue lab, Grover.