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June 4, 2024

Focused Ultrasound Foundation names Virginia Tech as a Center of Excellence

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has designated Virginia Tech as a Focused Ultrasound (FUS) Center of Excellence, making it the sixth such center in the United States and one of only 12 in the world.

“Virginia Tech possesses significant strengths in the FUS field, and it is an honor to recognize them as a Center of Excellence,” said Neal F. Kassell, founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “With distinguished experts across the colleges of engineering, science, veterinary medicine, and medicine; the university’s premier biomedical research institute; and a notable history of significant publications in leading journals, Virginia Tech is driving the future of FUS into exciting new territory.”

Focused ultrasound uses ultrasound energy guided by real-time imaging to treat tissue deep in the body without incisions or radiation. Established in 2009, the Foundation’s Centers of Excellence Program recognizes luminary sites for their merit in translational and clinical research in focused ultrasound, training, and patient care. The centers of excellence serve as hubs for collaboration, bringing together academia, industry, and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation to champion therapeutic ultrasound technology in innovative ways.

 

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