MR-guided focused ultrasound with spatial and temporal temperature control for hyperthermia

Yu Liu, Brett Z. Fite, Dustin E. Kruse, Lisa Mahakian, Erik Dumont, Charles F. Caskey, Katherine W. Ferrara

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Magnetic Resonance (MR)-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a promising non-invasive method for controlling hyperthermia and local drug delivery. In this work, we developed a system capable of controlled tissue heating using proportional-integral-derivative (PID) feedback control combined with 7T MR thermometry for temperature feedback. MR thermometry was validated by an optical temperature probe. We have measured and simulated MR estimates of transient ultrasound-induced heating in a tofu phantom and performed controlled heating studies in an in vivo Met-1 mouse tumor. MR thermometry estimates agreed with fiber optic temperature measurements within 1°C, and simulations of heating in a tofu phantom were in agreement with the MR temperature measurement. MR-Acoustic Radiation Force Imaging (ARFI) was used to detect micron-scale displacement caused by acoustic radiation for beam localization in the absence of heating. The MRgFUS system developed here demonstrates adequate spatial and thermal accuracy for image-guided hyperthermia applications in small animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2011Oct 21 2011


Other2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • FUS
  • hyperthermia
  • MR
  • thermal prediction
  • thermometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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