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Health & Wellness  (tags: Israel, high tech medicine, non-invasive surgery, extremely quick recuperation times, safety )

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InSightec is an Israeli high-tech medical company replacing traditional surgery by non-invasive outpatient procedures for a range of diseases, including uterine fibroids, which allow women to avoid hysterectomies with long recuperation times to go home

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Beth S (330)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:06 pm
InSightec was established in January 1999, 80% of its scientists coming from the Technion University – the MIT-Harvard of Israel. The company developed a breakthrough technology that, in essence, allows treating human beings without cutting the body.

The unique part of InSightec is that all these procedures are being done under real time monitoring and control of treatment outcome. So the user is capable of changing treatment parameters on-the-fly, not in retrospect and achieves the desired outcome.

The main part of the system is the transducer that transmits the ultrasound waves. This has thousands of elements in it, each one is electronically controlled by a complicated electronic system together with mechanics and software that supports it. Each one of those elements transmits the ultrasound waves focusing at the treatment point.

The technology allows doctors to treat almost any tumor inside the body.

They started with uterine fibroids. It’s a huge problem in which about 25% of women will suffer from significant symptomatic effects. Today, the gold standard is a hysterectomy. The patient goes through a hysterectomy, and then she will be hospitalized for three to five days, sent home to recover, which can take weeks. In our treatment, the next day the patient is back to her life, work and family. It’s a dramatic change for women.

Step two was turning to oncology (treatment of cancer). InSightec selected a specific application which is for metastatic bone tumor. It’s a palliative treatment.

The next step, which is in many ways the holy grail of this technology, is brain treatments. They are treating central nervous system diseases like Parkinson’s, like essential tremor. They’ve seen patients who suffered from this disease leave the table immediately post treatment with NO TREMORS.

The next step they are taking is treating brain tumors, prostate cancer, liver tumors, breast cancer and so on. Eventually they see it as a next generation operating room centralized service in the hospital.

Dr. Kobi Vortman, did his first degree in physics and mathematics in Jerusalem, and then moved to the Technion and did his first engineering degree in electrical engineering, and then continued directly to a Ph.D. in electro-optics. In parallel he started working at Rafael. During his days at Rafael, they had a very tight collaboration with a couple of laboratories and researchers at the Technion, and as a combined team they worked on a couple of breakthrough programs, which began as research for the defense of Israel.

The main challenge in developing this neo-brain system was to be able to penetrate the non-uniform skull and still get the focal point of the waves in the required spot in the brain. This was never done before by any company. Add to that the idea of having everything MRI guided makes it very complicated, involving so many disciplines and excellence in science and technology.

“In many ways, the system is a ‘Star Trek,’ because the notion that you could place someone on a table, look at him using MRI, and then three hours he rides his bike back home is something that at least in Dr. Vortman’s generation is still perceived as “guys, send me a postcard when this will be reading, OK?”

In reality, the system exists and is doing it today. “We have a lot of dreams, an unlimited amount of dreams. In almost everything you touch there is a chance to do something different. Think about stroke, think about the possibility that this technology will be able to liquefy a clot in the brain really fast in the first three to four hours and get reflow back again to the brain and save the brain.”

“Another different idea is targeted drug delivery so that we could generate significantly higher toxicities at the targeted volume while avoiding or sparing the whole body. So the way I see it and dream about it is doing a huge change in medicine and helping millions of people globally.”

berny p (22)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:52 am

The technology allows doctors to treat almost any tumor inside the body. .....



Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:56 pm
Interesting article. Tricorder please?

. (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:26 pm
Once again, Israel shows its medical brilliance. Thanks for this.

Mary Roberts (34)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:31 pm
Interesting article!! Thanks

Carol D (346)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:19 pm
Great article Beth! Again Israel leads the way!! Wonderful news!!

Birgit W (160)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:44 pm

marie C (163)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:18 pm
Good article Beth Thanks

Russell R (87)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:24 pm
Seen the video! 21 Century Tech!

Stan B (123)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:47 pm
Where else but Israel?

Jay S (116)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:44 am
Can't wait till this comes to the world at large. What an incredible blessing this will be!

Thanks for the exciting story!

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:42 pm

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Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:29 pm
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