Magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) is a versatile technology platform for noninvasive thermal therapies in oncology. Since MR-HIFU allows heating of deep-seated tissue to well-defined temperatures under MR image guidance, this novel technology has great potential for local heat-mediated drug delivery from temperature-sensitive liposomes (TSLs). In particular, MR provides the ability for image guidance of the drug delivery when an MRI contrast agent is co-encapsulated with the drug in the aqueous lumen of the liposomes. Monitoring of the tumor drug coverage offers possibilities for a personalized thermal treatment in oncology. This review focuses on MR-HIFU as a noninvasive technology platform, temperature-sensitive liposomal formulations for drug delivery and image-guided drug delivery, and the effect of HIFU-induced hyperthermia on the TSL and drug distribution. Finally, the opportunities and challenges of localized MR-HIFU-mediated drug delivery from temperature-sensitive liposomes in oncology are discussed.
- Drug delivery
- Temperature-sensitive liposomes
- MR image guidance