High-intensity focal ultrasound


Mar 2022

In February 2022, the Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment announced the release of the seven accomplished rapid hospital assessments performed by the Helsinki, Tampere, and Oulu University Hospital. The accomplished rapid HTAs concern the diagnostic imaging, e-Health, endocrine, endoscopy, men’s health, neuromodulation technology groups. Read more


Oct 2021

In late September 2021, the Danish Health Data Agency (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has published the update of the Health Care Classification System (Sundheds-væsenets Klassifikations System, SKS). The most significant changes include: 31 new diagnosis codes and 14 procedure codes were added. The newly added procedure codes concern mainly pulmonary and airways area and neuromodulation procedures. Read more


May 2021

The Agency for Health Technology Assessment of Andalusia Autonomous Community in Spain (AETSA) systematically evaluates healthcare technologies and provides decision-makers with critically review information about their efficacy, safety, and effectiveness. Currently, the AETSA is working on assessments of laser-induced heat therapy in epilepsy surgery, stereotactic radiation therapy for the treatment of refractory ventricular tachycardia, implantable Holter monitor with ILink Online technology for prolonged cardiac monitoring, and other topics. Read more


May 2021

In April 2021, the Clinical Coding and Schedule Development (CCSD) working group, which develops and maintains procedural and diagnostics nomenclature for private payers in England, has published Bulletins 0176 and 0073 with changes to be implemented not later than August 01, 2021. Four new procedure codes related to men's health and breast surgery and one new companion diagnostic code were introduced. Read more


Oct 2019

In September 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published three new interventional procedure guidance (for implant insertion for prominent ears, high-intensity focused ultrasound for glaucoma, and bioprosthetic plug insertion for anal fistula) and five new MedTech innovation briefings (for SuperNO2VA for the relief of upper airway obstruction in people with obstructive sleep apnoea, The V.A.C. Veraflo Therapy system for infected wounds, UroShield for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections, InterDry for intertrigo, and Alpha-Stim AID for anxiety). Read more


Sep 2019

In July 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published one new diagnostics guidance for therapeutic monitoring of TNF-alpha inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis, two new interventional procedure guidance (for transurethral laser ablation for recurrent non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer and ultrasound-guided high-intensity transcutaneous focused ultrasound for symptomatic uterine fibroids), and one new MedTech innovation briefing for HemaClear for bloodless surgical field during limb surgery. Read more


Apr 2019

In March 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new interventional procedure guidance (for Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (modified continent ileostomy) to restore continence after colon and rectum removal and high-intensity focused ultrasound for symptomatic benign thyroid nodules), and three new MedTech innovation briefings (for system for ruling out coronary artery disease in people with symptoms of stable coronary artery disease, medical imaging software tool for kidney stone evaluation, incision management system for closed surgical incisions). Read more


Sep 2018

On 20th of July, 2018, the Austrian HTA body, the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute (LBI) has published an update of the HTA of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of prostate cancer. The report did not find the evidence of benefits of the treatment vs comparative treatments. The inclusion of the method hospital benefit catalogue was currently not recommended. Read more


May 2018

In mid-May 2018, the Basque office for Health Technology Assessment, OSTEBA, has published a rapid assessment report on treating prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound. The article is published under EUnetHTA framework. Read more


Apr 2018

In January 2018, the Spanish Network of Technology and Services Evaluation Agencies of the National Health System (REDETS), together with the Basque regional government, has published a health technology assessment report on high intensity focused ultrasound in Tremor Essential, developed by the Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment. Read more