NICE has been notified about this procedure and it is part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status In progress
Process IP
ID number 1800
Description Magnetic resonance therapy for osteoarthritis (MRT or MBST) is a non-invasive procedure that uses a special MRI device to administer electromagnetic energy to an osteoarthritic joint. A range of devices with different physical designs are available. The aim is to relieve the symptoms and to improve the osteoarthritis by stimulating the cartilage cells. MBST is performed in an outpatient setting. During the procedure, the patient lies on the couch and a section of the machine slides over the knee. The MBST machine generates electromagnetic fields which are targeted to the cartilaginous tissue in the affected joint. The aim is to promote joint repair and relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Each MBST treatment lasts 60 minutes. Depending on the severity of the disease and MBST therapy device, a course of MBST treatment typically consists of five to ten treatment sessions on consecutive days.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 25 August 2021

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Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
25 March 2021 - 26 April 2021 Interventional procedure consultation

For further information on how we develop guidance, please see our page about NICE interventional procedures guidance