MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound

For the first time in the Memphis region, patients who suffer from tremors, essential tremor (ET) and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease have the opportunity to treat these tremors with MR-guided focused ultrasound, an incisionless outpatient procedure that replaces traditional surgery.

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Now Covered By Medicare

Focused ultrasound for essential tremor is covered by Medicare in Tennessee and many other states and by most private insurance plans. Contact your health plan’s member services department and ask if MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for treating essential tremor is a covered benefit in an outpatient setting based on your health plan.

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HOW MR-GUIDED FOCUSED ULTRASOUND WORKS

On treatment day, the patient’s head is shaved and a local anesthetic is applied. The patient is fitted with a helmet and cold water circulates around the scalp. The patient lies on the treatment bed that moves in and out of the MRI.

Using MR imaging, the physician targets the treatment area and monitors temperature. Patients are asked to perform tasks, like drawing a spiral, throughout the treatment to gauge its effectiveness.

During treatment, ultrasound waves are focused through the skull to create a small burn in the thalamus, the part of the brain which controls tremor. This reduces hand tremors, and the rest of the brain is not affected.

After the procedure, a final MRI is done to assess the treated area. The frame is removed, and patients typically return home after a short recovery period. Most patients have immediate tremor relief.

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For additional information on treatment options for essential tremor, to schedule a consultation, or to refer a patient, fill out the Request an Appointment form below.