Exploring emerging technologies and commercial applications in the field of therapeutic ultrasound
The history of ultrasound devices goes back to the start of the twentieth century, when ‘acoustic echolocation’ was used as a maritime aid in detecting objects in dense fog. Early patents in this area were filed at the British Patent Office. The therapeutic potential of ultrasound was investigated a few decades later and it became apparent that the energy carried by ultrasonic waves had both constructive and destructive effects on biological tissues. Around the same time, the discovery of echolocation in bats was made; the field was expanding rapidly.
Ultrasound for medical diagnosis emerged thereafter, with crude early devices full of adverse effects and ‘noise’, while the potential for damage to the human body remained. Since then, numerous guidelines and safety parameters have been put into place, making today’s ultrasound devices safe and effective, capable of both diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
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