Radiation-Free Tumor Treatment

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Elisa Konofagou, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, is going beyond ultrasound's traditional application as a diagnostic tool, using it to treat diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. In the area of oncology, Konofagou has found that ultrasound can distinguish benign from cancerous tumors and that its beam can be aimed with extreme precision to detect and ablate, or destroy, the abnormality.  In the area of neurology, she is deploying ultrasound to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier to help treat patients with diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS.

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