TAG Episode 22 - 6Feb2014: HiFU Therapy (mp3 version)

After almost a full year off the air during which time I relocated from Vancouver, BC to Hanover, NH I am working on catching up with editing and posting episodes that I've recorded over the past two years but never had time to complete. My goal as always is to produce episodes on a regular basis and hope to get some support at my new academic institution.

In this episode, I talk with Florent Aptel, a glaucoma specialist in Grenoble, France, about his work in developing a modern day hi frequency ultrasound as a treatment for glaucoma in its early stages. Their group has developed a device that selectively focuses the energy on the ciliary body without collateral damage that offers hope as a future treatment modality.

Dr Aptel's contact information:

Dr. Florent APTEL
Practicien hospitalier, Service d'Ophtalmologie 
CHU de Grenoble, P03
Hôpital A. Michallon
Boulevard de la Chantourne


Selected reference:

F. Aptel et al, Miniaturized high-intensity focused ultrasound device in 
patients with glaucoma: a clinical pilot study, iovs.11-8137 (http://www.iovs.org/content/early/2011/09/21/iovs.11-8137.full.pdf)

Production information:

This episode was recorded live in March 2012 during the Glaucoma Today 2012 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, using a Shure SM58 microphone with a Marantz PMD661 digital recorder. Mixing and sound levelling were performed in January 2014 on a MacBook Pro and MacPro using Levelator, Fission, and Garage Band. Narration was overdubbed using a Heil PR40 Microphone and Garage Band.

Opinions expressed in this podcast  are those of the speakers and are not intended to be taken as the standard of care for glaucoma treatment. Please always weigh the complete clinical picture and involve patients with any decisions in their care.

Robert M Schertzer, MD, MEd, FRCSC
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dartmouth Medical School - Ophthalmology
Dartmouth College

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Although I closed down the West Coast Glaucoma Centre after moving to the east coast in the Fall of 2013, the website is still alive as a resource for eye information at http://westcoastglaucoma.com

Theme music "Middle East Gold" ©Daniel Schertzer 2010 and published by Les Prods DOSWA Enr

 © Robert M Schertzer MD Inc, 2014