Diseases that Harm Require Therapies that Harm Less---Sir William Osler（1849-1919)
Led by the International Society of Minimally Invasive and Virtual Surgery (ISMIVS) and Chongqing Charity Federation (CQCF), the State Key Laboratory of Ultrasound in Medicine and Engineering (SKLUME) and National Engineering Research Center of Ultrasound Medicine in China (NERCUM) organized the World’s 4th Multicenter Telemedicine Womb-Preserving Campaign (hereinafter referred to as “the Campaign”) on March 7 in Liangjiang New Area, Chongqing China, together with 185 HIFU Centers worldwide. Themed on Embrace Uterus Health, the Campaign aims to help women suffered from uterine problems with high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), a noninvasive technology originally born in China, in a nonprofit way.
On this major occasion, NERCUM, SKLUME and CQCF jointly launched a financial assistance program to protect reproductive health. In addition, the Campaign reflected on the achievements of medical staff who has worked hard in public education of HIFU treatment by granting the SKLUME award of “Annual HIFU Influencers of 2022”.
Prof. Wang Zhibiao, Director of SKLUME and NERCUM, addressed on behalf of the organizing committee that HIFU was a technology for all human beings and could not only treat diseases, but more importantly, preserve organs. A doctor shall offer both super medical skills and a great love embodied minimally invasive and noninvasive philosophy, so as to minimize the harm to the ill.
Prof. David Cranston, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences in the University of Oxford and President of ISMIVS, delivered an opening speech virtually. He indicated that based on the data collected in ISMIVS 2022 Annual Report, the treatment number of 270 HIFU Centers, until the end of Year 2022, 246821 cases of solid tumors have been treated since 2010, among which 70-80% are fibroids, demonstrating the significant role HIFU therapy has played in improving women’s health.
Prof. Lang Jinghe, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and honorary professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics in PUMC Hospital, wrote an inscription for this Campaign – Caring for Women and Protecting Uterus. In his speech, Prof. Lang said that the standard of surgery should not be its scope or complexity, on the contrary, less surgical or even nonsurgical approach should be the goal we all pursue. HIFU therapy has become a shining greeting card to the world of China-made, China brands, China technologies and China guidelines.
On the same day, 185 global HIFU Centers performed HIFU treatment simultaneously on live, breaking the regional barriers. Prof. Zhang Lian, Prof. Yang Wuwei, Prof. Mohamed Hamed, Dr. Wang Qiulin and other experts in the field of minimally invasive and non-invasive medicine participated the discussion of a typical case that was conducting in Mahkota MedicalCenter, Malaysia. They put forward treatment suggestions, and monitored the operation progress in real time through the Global Telemedicine Center for HIFU Therapy.
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