I apologize if this has already been posted here but there is a lot of #$%$ on this board. Google EDAP TSM world premier and follow it to facebook and take a look at the Focal 1 post there. This technology appears to a game changer. Here is some of what it says.
MRI import and Fusion
•MR Images import from PACS or CD
•Elastic fusion to match
automatically the 3D contours of the prostate on the MRI and the scanned Ultrasound
Precise contouring of zone
to be treated
•MR target automatically
displayed on live ultrasound image
•Design precisely area to be treated and follow HIFU shots
•Modify planning in real time
Validation of treated area
•Contrast imaging to validate areas treated and define areas for treatment completion.
•Review of treatment images.
•Comparison with MRI
•MRI Import and Fusion with real-time
•Precise contour definition of target areas
•Non-invasive ultimate HIFU technology
•Precise robotic movements
•Unique Dynamic Focusing technology
•Real-time tracking and adjustment of energy delivered
•Confirmation and possible completion
of untreated area
•Quality of Life preservation
•All treatments remain salvage options
Ha! It would probably be a really good strategy on their part (and anyone in their situation) to get the word out to as many people as possible re: their product and that they're waiting for the approval in order to get people to UPROAR if it doesn't get through...
Murphy - I agree with that thought. 230,000+ US men will be diagnosed w/prostate cancer in 2013 (check the Cancer Society website to confirm this projection). If enough of the 230,000+ men, and their families, put pressure on their representatives and senators, the FDA will have no choice but to approve EDAP's application. I can't imagine any man preferring surgery, or chemo, over a non-invasive procedure like HIFU (especially when it is 95+% effective).
So here's the question: what's the best way to let prospective patients know about this technology?