Attached is a copy of Dr. Hoelscher’s most recent article in AirRescue …

Prehospital use of portable ultrasound for stroke diagnosis and treatment initiation…

Trained as a neurologist, Thilo Hoelscher, M.D., has travelled a long way from his native Germany and his early clinical experiences at that country’s first stroke unit. Now an assistant professor in the Departments of Radiology and Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego, he is Director of its Brain Ultrasound Research Laboratory and working once again on the forefront of medicine.

As a researcher and clinician, Hoelscher has extensive experience in using transcranial ultrasound as a diagnostic tool. In 2007, he learned about high intensity focused ultrasound and became intrigued with its potential to treat the human brain. Since then, he has completed hundreds of preclinical experiments with FUS and concentrated on developing therapies based on a clot-busting technique, transcranial sonothrombolysis. He recently received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study sonothrombolysis as a treatment for ischemic stroke.

Aa s medical researcher he received a MedEvac Foundation International grant for a project that proposes the revolutionary use of transcranial ultrasound to initiate the early diagnosis and potential treatment of stroke symptoms during medical helicopter transport.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of stroke, brain tumors, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, stroke therapy in ambulances and emergency helicopters, targeted and local drug delivery etc. are applications where the use of ultrasound might lead to a paradigm shift of how diseases will be treated in the future.