The procedure was conducted at the Focused Ultrasound Center of University Children's Hospital Zurich using InSightec's Exablate Neuro system.

According to sources, Neal F Kassell, who is the chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, said the treatment of this patient is the first critical step in the path to developing a new, non-invasive approach for patients with brain tumours that could serve as an alternative to surgery or radiation therapy.

The patient was reportedly awake and responsive during the treatment and the team of researchers was successfully able to target and destroy a part of the tumor located deep within the patient’s brain.

Experts say that focused ultrasound with its ability to noninvasively and accurately target and destroy diseased areas while sparing healthy adjacent brain tissue could be the breakthrough that patients and physicians have been waiting for.


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