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Noninvasive focused ultrasound for depression

Posted by Hugh on May 26, 2024, at 7:26:36

At the University of Utah, researchers invented a headphones-style device that delivers the same low-intensity waves without using an MRI. They are testing it on patients to treat major depressive disorder and expect to soon start trials involving food addiction, opioid use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer's.

The device, dubbed DIADEM, will be more affordable than using "completely impractical" and expensive MRI machines to guide the sound waves, said Jan Kubanek, a Utah neuroscientist helping lead the research who believes the approach has the potential to be used at a large scale.

Participants do not have to shave their heads as they do with MRI procedures, which is done to help the sound waves better penetrate the skull, Kubanek said.

The above quote is from an article in the Washington Post.




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