Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 20th Annual International Symposium for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU 2021) from June 6-9, 2021 at the Hwabaek International Convention Center (HICO) in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Since the establishment of the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) in 2001, ISTU has laid the foundation for the continuous improvement and advancement of therapeutic ultrasound technology by providing the means for the international community in ultrasound, to come together every year to collaborate and share knowledge and experience. Through this, experts in all aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, have together, advanced the application of this technology in both scientific and medical fields as well as updated best practices for its usage.

This year’s annual symposium will host a wide range of scientific talks and programs to allow its participants to take home with them something truly valuable and interesting. Renowned experts in the field of therapeutic ultrasound will give us a talk on the issues and challenges currently facing both scientific and clinical applications. There will be an array of exciting social events taking place throughout the week of the conference including a Gala dinner, where our guests can enjoy the taste of traditional Korean cuisine. Interested participants can also attend a night tour of Gyeonju during ISTU 2021, where you will go back in time and witness the cultural heritages of this ancient city through historical stories and traditional performances.

Gyeongju was the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Silla for 992 years (from 57 BCE to 935 CE), and to this day, a great number of archaeological sites and old architecture still stand. Gyeongju’s large historic area was thusly given the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation which can be divided into five sections with major attractions including Donggung Palace, Cheomseongdae Observatory and Yangdong Folk Village. We hope that, apart from the scheduled scientific programs and social events, you will have an opportunity to explore this ancient city and experience its rich culture and history.

We sincerely hope this symposium will inspire new ideas and encourage innovations throughout all the different facets of this exciting field to lead us to a better, healthier world. We look forward to welcoming all of you at ISTU 2021 and making this a memorable event!

  • Min Joo Choi, PhD

    President of KSTU

  • Jinwoo Chang, MD

    President of ISTU 2021 Organizing Committee

  • Jae-Young Lee, MD

    Chair of ISTU 2021 Organizing Committee