Partnership to offer high intensity focused ultrasound treatments for prostate cancer

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Two doctors have agreed to partner with HIFU Prostate Services to offer minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatments that use high intensity focused ultrasound for the first time in the U.S. outside of a clinical trial, according to a  news release.

HIFU Prostate Services has partnered with Michael J. Lazar, MD, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and John H. Jurige, of Louisville, Ky. Both physicians will treat patients and train other urologists on how to use the treatments.

HIFU Prostate Services  launched operations on Oct. 20 and purchased five Sonablate systems from SonaCare Medical. John W. Linn, the CEO of HIFU Prostate Services, worked at SonaCare Medical for nearly 11 years and helped establish international treatment facilities.

On Oct. 13, the FDA granted a de novo clearance to the Sonablate, which is the first high intensity therapeutic ultrasound device to receive FDA authorization for prostate tissue ablation. The Sonatherm laparoscopic high intensity therapeutic ultrasound device ablation device from SonaCare Medical has also received 510(k) clearance from the FDA.

Lazar, who has performed high intensity focused ultrasound, is also the medical director of HFU Prostate Services and worked with SonaCare medical during clinical trials involving the Sonablate systems. Jurige is a board-certified urologist who has practiced with high intensity focused ultrasound for more than eight years.