Wound-healing device to have UK clinical trial

Published date : 28 August 2012
Article date : 28 August 2012

An ultrasound device to heal wounds and ulcers through mist emmissions will undergo a clinical trial in the UK. 

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said last year that more research was needed to show the efficiency of Celleration’s MIST Therapy System before it can be approved for use in Britain's National Health Service. The technology will be tested on 40 patients to determine whether it heals wounds better than existing treatment.


The trial will be carried out by Cardiff University and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. NICE’s Medical Technologies Advisory Committee sought the research last year after deciding there wasn’t enough evidence to recommend that the NHS pay for the treatment. 

“There is a small amount of evidence to suggest that ulcers treated with MIST will heal more quickly than those having usual treatment,” said Keith Harding, investigator at the Wound Healing Research Unit at Cardiff University. “This trial will enable us to generate more independent evidence to show if this is actually the case.”

The device uses low-intensity ultrasound waves delivered through saline mist which encourages repair by stimulating cells below a wound. The therapy reduces inflammation and provides painless treatment that makes no contact with the lesion.

Source:  Mehreen Khan, bloomberg.net, 24 August 2012 

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