Ultrasound, when you hear the word first thing that comes to mind mainly associates with pregnant women or perhaps a scan of our kidneys where this type of test is usually done. But did you known that Ultrasound has many other uses? Research shows that the technology behind ultrasound devices could speed up the regeneration of a broken bone and even restores memory from mice suffering from Alzheimer’s. Now that same procedure is found to help accelerate the healing time of skin wounds as well.
As what as it sounds, the process of accelerated healing on test procedures which in these cases were mice are from the vibrations caused by sound waves produced by the device which is closely similar to a typical ultrasound machine. These vibrations sets to activate a certain protein pathway which helps fibroblast cells migrate to the wound or a broken tissue therefore initiating the healing process.
The team of researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science led by Dr. Mark Bass discovered the beneficial effects of ultrasound on wound healing which started when Dr. Bass was still at the School of Biochemistry in Bristol University where the study was pioneered together with partners that includes the Wound Biology Group at the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair, and the orthopaedic company, Bioventus LLC.
Dr Bass says:
“Now that we have proven the effectiveness of ultrasound we need to explore the signal further. We have found that the ultrasound signal we currently use is effective, but it is possible that by refining the treatment we could improve the effects even further.”
Faster wound healing is essential to those patients suffering from Diabetes or from those of an elderly patient, millions has suffered from these condition and finding out effective ways to lessen the time for the wounds to heal is the primary concern here and help reduces the risk for the wound on getting infected.
From the results of the study and the risk free feedback of ultrasound, the research team now projects that this procedure could see it in use in clinical setting within three to four years.