Diseases that Harm Require Therapies that Harm Less---Sir William Osler（1849-1919)
On 8 March, themed on “Connecting the World with Love and Preserving the Womb Despite COVID-19”, IWD-HIFU, a multi-center HIFU treatment event, was initiated in Chongqing, China to celebrate the International Women’s Day. 41 Chinese and overseas HIFU centers performed and broadcasted live HIFU surgeries by connecting to the Haifu® Telemedicine Big Data Center headquartered in Chongqing.
High-intensity Focused Ultrasound(HIFU) ablation or Focused Ultrasound Ablative Surgery(FUAS) is a noninvasive therapeutic technology that concentrates the extracorporeal low-intensity ultrasound beams onto the targeted diseased tissue inside the body, resulting in an instant temperature rise at the focal point up to 60℃ to 100℃ and induction of the irreversible coagulative necrosis without damaging the surrounding healthy tissues. This technology can realize the treatment of diseases without open-cutting operations and bleeding and at the same time preserve the structure and function of the tissues and organs.
At the time of COVID-19 outbreak, this contact-free therapeutic technology enables the doctor to complete the treatment without direct physical contact with the patient, lowering the risk of intraoperative cross infection.
IWD-HIFU was initiated jointly by the International Society of Minimally Invasive and Virtual Surgery and National Engineering Research Center of Ultrasound Medicine of China. 41 Chinese and overseas hospitals joined this philanthropic event, including Farrer Park Hospital from Singapore, San-an Hospital and Pojen General Hospital from Taiwan, China, the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Suining Central Hospital, Suining Municipal Hospital of TCM, and Chongqing Haifu Hospital from the mainland of China. It is estimated that IWD-HIFU of this year will benefit 1000 patients.
Before HIFU surgery, the HIFU experts team supervised the participating HIFU centers to determine the individualized clinical protocol for each patient. During HIFU surgery, the operating doctor at each participating center treated the uterine fibroid by just clicking the mouse on the central console to control the ultrasound emission, and in the meanwhile the patients, lying in prone position on the treatment bed, experienced the treatment consciously. During treatment, they could communicate with the doctors at times or listen to music or watch TV.
The HIFU surgeries at more than 41 HIFU centers were coordinated, conducted, and broadcasted live concurrently through the connection with the Telemedicine Big Data Center of Chongqing Haifu Medical. During the HIFU surgery, the operating doctor could get the screen-to-screen telemedicine assistance and support.
“This is the world’s first live broadcast of simultaneous and collaborative HIFU surgeries in multiple HIFU centers,” said Prof. Wang Zhibiao, director of National Engineering Research Center of Ultrasound Medicine. “By deploying the method of digitization and big data analysis, Haifu® Telemedicine Big Data Center provides a platform for the worldwide doctors to share their clinical experience and collaborate with each other to perform FUAS. This will help global HIFU centers to reduce the complication rate of HIFU surgery and improve the treatment safety and effectiveness.”
Haifu® Telemedicine Big Data Center can obtain the ultrasound images and MR images from the Haifu® Model-JC200D1 Focused Ultrasound Tumor Therapeutic System or the Haifu® therapeutic systems which have installed FUS 3D Simulation Software, reconstruct the images into a ultrasound-MRI fused three-dimensional image and transmit the reconstructed images back to the connected end-user. The AI-aided identification and segmentation of the three-dimensional tumor lesion provides the operating doctor a clearer and more visual real-time imaging guidance during HIFU surgery.
From 2016 to 2019, Haifu® Telemedicine Big Data center has been connected to the treatment of 32,236 cases among which 10,204 cases have been completed through providing on-line clinical support to the end-users. Among these cases, 57% are uterine fibroid, 26% are uterine adenomyosis, and 17% are other diseases. To date, more than 100 Haifu® HIFU centers of 27 countries and regions, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Singapore, etc. are connected to Haifu® Telemedicine Big Data Center.
The High-intensity Focused Ultrasound Tumor Therapeutic System was first developed by the research team of Chongqing Medical University led by Prof. Wang Zhibiao in the 1980s, and won the second prize of National(China) Technological Invention Award and the second prize of National(China) Prize for Progress in Science and Technology. Afterwards, Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology Co., Ltd. (Chongqing Haifu Medical for short) was set up for technological dissemination and commercialization. Up to December, 2019, 151,975 benign and malignant tumor cases or so and more than 2 million benign cases have been treated globally by the Haifu® focused ultrasound therapeutic devices. And Infertile uterine fibroids or adenomyosis patients after Chongqing Haifu Medical’s HIFU surgery have given birth to more than 1,100 “HIFU babies” worldwide.
Beside, this philanthropic event was initiated with a series of activities for “Preserving the Womb” and will be continued on every International Women’s Day(8 March) to benefit the financially or physically challenged patients who suffer from uterine diseases from the noninvasive HIFU therapy.
List of Participating Hospitals:
Farrer Park Hopistal
Pojen General Hospital
Chongqing Haifu Hospital
The Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University
Suining Central Hospital
Suining Municipal Hospital of TCM
Chengdu Women's & Children's Central Hospital
Nanchong Central Hospital
Liuzhou Municipal Maternal and Child Healthcare Center
Xuhui District Central Hospital
Chengdu Focused Ultrasound Specialized Hospital
Beijing Puhua International Hospital
Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College
The Second Affiliated Hospital of Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine
The First Maternity and Infant Healthcare Institute of Shanghai
Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital
Foshan Women and Children Hospital
Shijiazhuang Maternity & Child Healthcare Hospital
Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital
Shijiazhuang No.1 Hospital
Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital
The Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University
People's Hospital of Deyang City
Jingjing County Hospital
Guangyuan Central Hospital
Suzhou Hospital of Integrative Medicine
Maoming People's Hospital
Tinghu District People's Hospital of Yancheng City
Zigong Fourth People's Hospital
The Third Hospital of Mianyang
Wendeng District People's Hospital
Qinzhou Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital
The First People's Hospital of Yueyang
Zhongshan City People's Hospital
Chenzhou No.1 People's Hospital
Yueyang Maternal and Child Health-care Hospital
The People's Hospital of Liuyang
No.1 Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Changde
Xian No.1 Hospital
Suqian Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital
Many thanks to the participation of the hospitals in this philanthropic event for women care.