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Prof David Cranston is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and is currently working on a revolutionary non-invasive surgical technique. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) differs from traditional imaging ultrasound technology in that it is able to destroy cells such as cancers or uterine fibroids by targeting them with intense heat. By increasing the power of the ultrasound 10,000 fold, tiny areas of tissue in the body can be heated up. Here Prof Cranston discusses with University of Oxford’s Prof Denis Noble about the advantages and capabilities of this technique, and how the University of Oxford is collaborating with colleagues in China and other HIFU centres to further improve the technology.

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