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History of Hifu

1942

  • 1942
    Prof. Lynn suggests use of focused ultrasound in surgery.
  • 1954
    Prof. Fry discovers that ultrasound can be focused well in soft tissue.
  • 1988
    Prof. Wang sets up a project team to research applications of focused ultrasound in Chongqing, China.
  • 1997
    The Institute of Ultrasound Engineering in Medicine is founded in Chongqing, under the leadership of Prof. Wang. HIFU treatment is approved for clinical trials by the Chinese SFDA.
  • 1999
    Chongqing Haifu (HIFU) Technology Co. Ltd. is founded, under the leadership of Prof. Wang
  • 2000
    HIFU treatment approved by the Chinese SFDA for tumor treatment. First Haifu systems is deployed in China.
  • 2001
    The International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound is set up, with its main office in Chongqing. Over 20 Model JC HIFU Devices areinstalled in China.
  • 2002
    Haifu Model JC Device is installed at the Churchill Hospital (Oxford, U.K.) for clinical trials. Model JC Devices are installed in Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
  • 2005
    The Model JC HIFU Device is granted CE certification for use in Europe.
  • 2007
    Prof. Veronese starts clinical trials with the Model JC HIFU Device at the Istituto Europeo de Oncologia (IEO, Milan, Italy).
  • 2008
    The first commercial Model JC HIFU Device is installed in Hospital Universitario Mutua de Terrassa (Barcelona, Spain).