High intensity focused electromagnetic therapy evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging: Safety and efficacy study of a dual tissue effect based non-invasive abdominal body shaping

This study introduces an initial evaluation of a novel High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology

Brian M. Kinney; Paula Lozanova


Scholarcy highlights

  • The popularity of non-invasive body shaping procedures has been growing rapidly—the number of procedures performed in the US more than doubled between 2012 and 2016
  • The primary goal is to quantify any effects the treatments may have on abdominal tissues, as well as to establish hypotheses for future research of this technology
  • Evaluation Methodology A complete evaluation of the patients was performed at baseline and 2 months after their last treatment, and included a brief medical history and examination, magnetic resonance imaging scan, weight and waist circumference measurements, digital photography, and monitoring of any adverse events
  • Based on MRI evaluation, the muscle thickness continued to grow and the abdominal separation continued to shorten in all four randomly selected patients when compared to the 2-month follow-up
  • To the best of our knowledge, no peer-reviewed study has investigated a potential use of the High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology for non-invasive body shaping
  • We may well conclude that the results have established a hypothesis of three simultaneous abdominal tissue effects induced as a direct result of the treatments, yet additional research is necessary to validate this in a larger controlled study, as well as in a histological study that would help further cast light on the exact mechanism of action that would explain our observations
  • The technology would represent a completely new approach to non-invasive body shaping, bringing the additional muscle effects to the already established fat removal market

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