Humans have been performing surgeries in the same basic way for more than 2,000 years, according to Michael Slayton. “We cut, open, cut and then sew it back up,” he said. “It’s invasive, and we’re still doing it.” Twenty years ago, the Tempe resident and founder of Mesa-based Guided Therapy Systems decided to use his diagnostic-imaging background to pursue an alternative.
A business in Mesa described by one executive as a “little secret” has earned accolades for advancing the use of ultrasound technology, which has revealed how broad the range of purpose is for a scientific modality known best for its use in obstetrics.
Guided Therapy Systems, which founded the now publicly traded Ulthera LLC, is getting into the musculoskeletal business.
Under Michael Slayton’s leadership as CEO and chief technical officer, Guided Therapy Systems has grown from a small, Arizona-based R&D company to a world leader in intense therapeutic ultrasound and imaging with technologies sold around the globe by corporate partners representing the most recognizable and respected names in medical devices.
P.G. Barthe and M. H. Slayton, in Proc. 1999 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 1999, pp. 1249-1252.