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Open Access Editorial

Telling it like it is

Adam Shaw1* and Gail R ter Haar2

Author Affiliations

1 Acoustics and Ionizing Radiation Division, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK

2 Joint Department of Physics, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, SM2 5NG, UK

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Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound 2013, 1:4  doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-4

Published: 25 April 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

With the amazing successes that have been reported over the past 10 years, it is easy for researchers in therapeutic ultrasound to be seduced by the appeal of biological and clinical studies - but understanding the biology alone is insufficient. All good science requires repeatability, and developing a successful therapy is no different. It is imperative from both a scientific and a commercial perspective that we can not only demonstrate the interaction of ultrasound with biological systems but also quantify the relationship between the delivered ultrasound and the biological effect. Moreover, we then need to be able to control the delivered ultrasound - the ultrasound dose, if you like - to achieve consistent and repeatable treatments.