Bringing Transcranial Ultrasound Stimulation into Focus

Date: February 17, 2022, 4:00–5:00 PM
Location: Join Zoom Event
Speaker: Professor Kim Butts, Department of Radiology, Stanford University

High intensity transcranial focused ultrasound is being used clinically to treat motion disorders such as essential tremor. Low intensity transcranial ultrasound stimulation can modulate brain activity without a temperature rise. I'll present our results in two large animal models, as well as discuss the mechanism. I'll also discuss progress to date to strengthen the robustness of studies, such as mitigating auditory confounds, imaging the focal spot with MRI, and model and/or measure the focal intensity in vivo.

Professor Kim Butts

Department of Radiology, Stanford University

Kim Butts Kim Butts Pauly holds a BS in Physics from Duke University and a PhD in Biophysical Sciences from the Mayo Graduate School. She is currently Professor at Stanford University with appointments in Radiology and Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, by courtesy. She is Director of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory at Stanford ( She is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)'s College of Fellows and a Distinguished Investigator at The Academy of Radiology Research.

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