Potential of sound waves to destroy liver tumors generates ‘good deal of excitement’

A sound wave technique pioneered at University of Michigan has exhibited preliminary efficacy as a treatment for liver cancer.
The technique — called histotripsy — uses targeted ultrasound waves that create “microbubbles” within the tumor and ultimately break it down.
The approach, which the FDA approved for liver cancer treatment last year, has undergone evaluation in a human trial that launched in 2021. Preliminary efficacy and safety targets have been met.
“We’re always looking for new, less invasive treatment modalities, since many of the current

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