Keynote 1 Recent Advances in Therapeutic Ultrasound
Date/Time Thursday, 2 May 2013 / 09:30 – 10:10
Venue Riverfront Ballroom

Prof. Lawrence CRUM
Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound,
University of Washington, USA

Dr. Lawrence A. Crum is currently Principal Physicist and Founder/Former Director of the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound in the Applied Physics Laboratory, and Research Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. He has held previous positions at Harvard University, the U. S. Naval Academy, and the University of Mississippi,where he was F. A. P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Physics and Director of the National Center for Physical Acoustics. He has published over 200 articles in professional journals, holds an honorary doctorate from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and was recently awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America. He is Past President of the Acoustical Society of America, the Board of the International Commission for Acoustics, and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound. His principal areas of interest are therapeutic ultrasound, physical acoustics, and image-guided therapy.

The radiation force produced by an ultrasound beam can be strong enough to move objects contained within the beam; this force is capable of moving kidney stones within the kidney. We have developed a system that images stones with diagnostic ultrasound, and moves them within the kidney so that they can pass naturally before they become symptomatic. This presentation will describe the technology and methodology that we have developed that has promise for non-invasive, prophylactic removal of small stones from kidneys.