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Focused Ultrasound Shows Promise as a Noninvasive Deep Brain Treatment for Essential Tremor, a Condition That Affects Millions
Date:10/3/2011

atment, receive assessments for general health, neurological status and tremor measurements. The study is also tracking data about device or procedure-related side effects that occur within three months of treatment.

Study treatments are performed using the ExAblate Neuro, an investigational device manufactured by InSightec, Ltd. The device consists of a specially designed table with a helmet-like unit that contains phased array focused ultrasound transducers. Treatments are planned with the precision of MR imaging and then monitored with MR thermography, which provides real-time tracking of focused ultrasound delivery. The entire process is noninvasive and does not involve ionizing radiation.

During the study, a series of focused ultrasound pulses are administered through a patient's intact scalp and skull to a precisely targeted spot in the thalamus. Patients receive no anesthesia and remain awake, providing feedback to clinicians after each pulse. Under the UVA study protocol, only one side of the brain is being treated – known as a unilateral thalamotomy – resulting in single hand tremor control.

All study treatments have been performed at the state-of-the-art UVA Focused Ultrasound Center, which was established by a public-private partnership of UVA, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation and InSightec, Ltd.

About the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation

The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of millions of people worldwide by accelerating the development and adoption of one of modern medicine's most promising and game-changing therapeutic technologies, noninvasive magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (FUS).  Developed to its full potential, FUS could revolutionize treatments for many of today's most serious and debilitating conditions.

To achieve its mission, the Foundation hosts symposia a
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