Focused Ultrasound

Revolutionaly Treatment with Focused Ultrasound

Focused Ultrasound: A Revolutionary New Treatment for Essential and Parkinsonian Tremor

Focused Ultrasound (FUS): A Revolutionary New Treatment for Essential and Parkinsonian Tremor

Do you or a family member suffer from a tremor that significantly affects your quality of life? A new and innovative non-invasive treatment is available at Rambam Health Care Campus, which uses guided magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of focused ultrasound (FUS) to treat tremor syndromes caused by Parkinsonian or Essential tremor.

What is Focused Ultrasound for Treatment of Tremors?

Focused ultrasound is a non-invasive treatment for tremor. High-intensity ultrasound waves are used to precisely target the diseased area of the brain without affecting any of the surrounding tissue. The ultrasound rays pass through the intact skull and pinpoint a particular area in the center of the brain (the thalamus) for ablation. The result is interruption of the abnormal flow of electrical signals with and cessation of tremor.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used by the surgeon to accurately direct the ultrasound waves to the specific site in the brain where the tremor is initiated—hence the treatment name—MRI-guided FUS. The doctor monitors the results in real time and adapts treatment to a patient’s specific condition for optimal results.

More About Parkinsonian and Essential Tremor

Tremor is a neurological problem that occurs with many illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and Essential Tremor. When the tremor is of moderate to high severity, it also affects the quality of life of you or your loved one. When this happens, the tremor affects eating, drinking, writing, and other activities that require controlled and accurate movement. Tremor may be more severe on one side of the body than the other, and over time it may get worse, resulting in disability.

Many patients with significant tremor that is unresponsive to medication are offered the possibility of surgery to implant a pulse generator and electrodes in the brain, referred to as deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Rambam Health Care Campus offers an innovative and non-invasive treatment, performed in the MRI room by means of a focused ultrasound system with no incisions or implants. The treatment produces significant and immediate relief of the tremor. Approximately 400 patients have been successfully treated worldwide. Rambam has treated a few dozen patients to date.

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What's Next?

Outside of Israel: Contact Dr. Schesinger by Email ([email protected]). You can also call between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to: +(972)-4-777-1686 or +(972)-4-777-1651 to receive all the required information about MRI-guided FUS treatment of tremor at Rambam.

Inside Israel: Call 04-777-1495 or send an email to: [email protected]. We look forward to helping you get your life back!