More Publicity for Findings of Ultrasound's Therapeutic Value

More Publicity for Findings of Ultrasound's Therapeutic Value

More Publicity for Findings of Ultrasound's Therapeutic Value

Joseph Gigliotti

U.Va. researchers Mark Okusa and Joseph Gigliotti, et al published their findings that ultrasound – already in clinical use for imaging in hospitals around the country – appears to have therapeutic use to prevent the acute kidney injury that can result from heart surgery, abdominal surgery and other major procedures. While the discovery has been tested in mice so far, researchers are excited about the promise it could hold for humans.

If translated to human acute kidney injury, “a patient having cardiac surgery or other procedures where there’s high risk for acute kidney injury could potentially benefit from the application of a simple ultrasound procedure as a protective measure,” said U.Va.’s Dr. Mark D. Okusa, division chief of nephrology. “Non-invasive, no drugs, simple and portable – yet capable of protecting the kidneys from injury.”

These findings are now receiving more notice worldwide:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23530165

http://www.nature.com/nrneph/journal/v9/n10/full/nrneph.2013.165.html

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130802/Study-Ultrasound-treatments-may-prevent-acute-kidney-injury.aspx