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The growing field of therapeutic ultrasound welcomes its first open access journal

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to announce the launch of Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound in partnership with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound.

Therapeutic ultrasound is a fast growing field and all parties involved believe that having a dedicated open access journal in this area can only speed up the development and eventual adoption of this important clinical tool by the wider medical community.

Focused ultrasound has the potential to be an alternative or complement for radiation therapy, the means to dissolve blood clots, and a way to deliver drugs in extremely high concentrations to a precise point in the body. It has the potential to treat a variety of serious medical disorders, including cancer, uterine fibroids, essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and neuropathic pain.

"Focused ultrasound technology has enormous potential to improve the quality of lives for millions around the world," noted Neal F. Kassell, M.D., Chairman and Founder of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. "The research reported in the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound will be central to advancing the field and will help accelerate the progress of focused ultrasound towards clinical adoption."

Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound encompasses all aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, namely, the stimulus, inhibition, or modification of tissue function or structure via insonification. Led by Editors-in-Chief Arik Hananel, Focused Ultrasound Foundation, USA and Robert Muratore, Quantum Now LLC, USA, with an international editorial board consisting of the best in the field of focused ultrasound, this open access, peer-reviewed, online journal focuses mainly on translational and clinical research.

Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central's Publishing Director said, "We're very pleased to welcome the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound as new publishing partners to BioMed Central, and we share their excitement in launching the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound within our growing list of society journals."

The launch edition includes two research articles. One looks at the impact of vaporized nanoemulsions on ultrasound-mediated ablation. If these results can be replicated in the clinic, microbubbles could improve the efficiency of high intensity ultrasound treatment of solid tumors. An editorial on 'The Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound - broadening knowledge in a rapidly growing field' by Editors-in-Chief Arik Hananel and Robert Muratore, is also featured.

All Article-Processing Charges (APC) for the journal are currently covered by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

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Notes to Editors

1. Editorial

The Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound - broadening knowledge in a rapidly growing field
Robert Muratore and Arik Hananel
Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound 1013 1:1 doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-1

After embargo, article available at journal website http://www.jtultrasound.com/

Research

The impact of vaporized nanoemulsions on ultrasound-mediated ablation
Peng Zhang, Jonathan A Kopechek and Tyrone M Porter
Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound 1013 1:2 doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-2

After embargo, article available at journal website http://www.jtultrasound.com/

Research

MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Technique in Functional Neurosurgery: Targeting Accuracy
David Moser, Eyal Zadicario, Gilat Schiff and Daniel Jeanmonod
Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound 1013 1:3 doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-3

After embargo, article available at journal website http://www.jtultrasound.com/

Editorial

Telling it like it is
Adam Shaw and Gail R ter Haar
Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound 1013 1:4 doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-4

After embargo, article available at journal website http://www.jtultrasound.com/

2. Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound encompasses all aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, namely, the stimulus, inhibition, or modification of tissue function or structure via insonification. This open access, peer-reviewed, online journal focuses mainly on translational and clinical research. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of therapeutic ultrasound as a clinical tool.

3. BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector. @BioMedCentral

4. The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound therapies. The Foundation works to clear the path to global adoption by coordinating and funding research and educational activities, creating partnerships and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and building awareness of the technology among patients and professionals. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that focused ultrasound finds its place as a mainstream therapy for uterine fibroids, cancer, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, stroke and other life-threatening conditions within years, not decades. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has become the largest non-governmental source of funding for focused ultrasound research. More information about the Charlottesville, Virginia based Foundation can be found at http://www.fusfoundation.org.



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