Ultrasound speeds up skin healing

13 July 2015

New research has shown that low-intensity ultrasound can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for skin to heal.

A team at the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol found that healing times from both skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the technique.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield's Department of Biomedical Science used the vibration from ultrasound to wake up the cells in the wound and kickstart the healing process. They found as well as stimulating and accelerating the healing process, the method could also reduce the chance of wounds getting infected.

The team determined that low-intensity ultrasound could be particularly effective in patients who are older or suffer from diabetes.

These findings could have a big impact on healthcare, with chronic wounds costing the NHS around £3.1 billion each year.

Lead author of the study Dr Mark Bass, from the University's Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD), said: "Because it is just speeding up the normal processes, the treatment doesn't carry the risk of side effects that are often associated with drug treatments."

The pioneering study is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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