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Media Advisory 10-007

A Tiny Revolution in Arthritis Pain Treatment?

Cornell researcher available to discuss small, portable ultrasound device entering clinical trials

March 16, 2010

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What:A media briefing to discuss a tiny, portable ultrasound device, which is entering clinical trials as a treatment for chronic joint pain from arthritis and other ailments.
Who:George K. Lewis, biomedical engineering graduate student at Cornell University, creator of this new technology
When:Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. ET
How to participate:Interested journalists can participate either by phone or online.

More Details:

In recent years, doctors have used ultrasound to effectively treat joint pain from arthritis and other ailments without the use of drugs. The drawback to these treatments, however, is that they can only be administered in a doctor's office or clinic, since the ultrasound devices currently used are bulky and expensive. Enter George K. Lewis, a biomedical engineering graduate student supported by the National Science Foundation, who has developed a portable ultrasound device about the size of an iPod that can provide pain relief for several hours without being tethered to a doctor's office. Lewis will discuss his new devices, which are entering their first clinical trials, during a webcast for the news media; he will take questions during this on-the-record briefing.

To RSVP and obtain log-in and passcode information, please contact Dana Cruikshank at


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Dana W. Cruikshank, NSF, (703) 292-7738, email:

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