The GCC’s first high-intensity focused ultrasound (Hifu) machine has been deployed at Sidra Medical and Research Centre (Sidra), Royal Philips has said in a statement.
The Philips Sonalleve MR-Hifu, through a process known as ablation, uses focused high-intensity ultrasound waves and magnetic resonance imaging, which creates acute energy to treat masses with pinpoint accuracy.
Using this, clinicians can non-invasively remove painful uterine fibroids in women without damaging the surrounding tissue. The technology is also used to provide palliative therapy for patients with bone metastasis - the treatment given to relieve the symptoms and reduce the suffering caused by cancer in the bones.
Royal Philips Global CEO Frans van Houten was in Qatar to reinforce the company’s commitment to Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar’s healthcare initiatives are at the forefront in the GCC, with many of the country’s key healthcare providers reinforced with the latest equipment and treatment technology from Philips, the statement adds.
“The deployment of the MR-HIFU machine at Sidra signifies the efforts we are undertaking to ensure that our patients will be treated with the best technology and resources available. The use of this ground-breaking equipment on uterine fibroid sufferers will enable faster recovery times and lower complication rates than surgery,” said Deepak Kaura, chair of Radiology, Sidra Medical and Research Centre. “This technology is not only exciting, but its potential could - in the future - also completely transform the way we treat cancer patients.”
“Not only do we have a deep respect for the goals Qatar has set itself through the National Vision 2030, we are committed to helping make that vision a reality,” said van Houten. “The Philips Sonalleve MR-HIFU at Sidra is an excellent example of Qatar’s investment in the future of healthcare and Philips’ investment in the future of Qatar.”
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