As ultrasound is expected to become a powerful tool for treating as well as diagnosing disease, The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) says it has reached an agreement with the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), effective July 1, 2009.
The AIUM will support the ISTU's administrative, financial, and member service functions to maximize ISTU's mission of advancing therapeutic ultrasound applications worldwide.
"The AIUM recognizes therapeutic ultrasound as a rapidly expanding area of medicine," says AIUM President Harvey Nisenbaum, MD. "With a diverse membership in the medical ultrasound community, the AIUM is positioned to promote education and research in therapeutic ultrasound by cultivating the exchange of information among basic scientists, sonographers, and physicians."
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The AIUM has managed several nonprofit medical associations and currently has a management arrangement with the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
The potential benefits of therapeutic ultrasound are recognized for targeted drug delivery, pathogenic tissue destruction, physical therapy, and other applications, AIUM says.
For example, multinational healthcare companies have said they are planning to partner with drug companies, adept at conducting clinical trials, to identify tumors via ultrasound and then bombard the cancers with drug payloads. So far, these partnerships are still on the drawing board but they are considered to be the wave of the future.
In April, the AIUM established the Therapeutic Ultrasound Community of Practice, a membership subgroup dedicated to helping ultrasound makers find collaborators.
Source: The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine