The 20th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders was held June 19-23 in Berlin, Germany with more than 5,000 attendees. Seven focused ultrasound abstracts were presented, including the latest preliminary study data for Parkinson’s tremor and essential tremor.



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An international, randomized, sham controlled trial of focused ultrasound thalamotomy for essential tremor by W Ondo et al. (Houston, TX, USA). Objective: To determine efficacy and safety of unilateral focused ultrasound thalamotomy for refractory essential tremor. Noticed by Medscape.

Unilateral MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound ablation of the cerebellothalamic tract in essential tremor by SR Schreglmann et al. (London, United Kingdom). Objective: To report interim results of an ongoing trial of unilateral transcranial MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (tcMRgFUS) ablation of the cerebellothalamic tract (CTT).

Unilateral focused ultrasound thalamotomy in tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease by BB Shah et al (Charlottesville, VA, USA). Objective: To evaluate the safety, feasibility, and durability of focused ultrasound thalamotomy on tremor in PD. Noticed by Neurology Today.

MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound in Parkinson’s disease: A series of 5 cases by N Wegener et al (St. Gallen, Switzerland). Objective: We present results of an ongoing trial of unilateral transcranial MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (tcMRgFUS) ablation of the pallido-thalamic tract (PTT, fasciculus thalamicus).

Transcranial unilateral MR guided high intensity focused ultrasound in Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor seems to be safe concerning dysphagia and dysarthria by S Hägele-Link et al (St. Gallen, Switzerland). Objective: To report first results of a study monitoring speech and swallowing function after lesional functional neurosurgery for movement disorders.

MRI guided high-intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease: Clinical outcome and radiological findings of unilateral thalamotomy by R Martínez-Fernandez et al (Madrid, Spain). Objective: To report our clinical experience in the treatment of essential (ET) and Parkinson's disease (PD) tremor with MRI guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU).

Focusing precision and lesion size in cerebello-thalamo-tractotomy by MR imaging-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) by RG Bauer et al (St. Gallen, Switzerland). Objective: Focusing precision in tcMRgFUS tractotomy depends on the ability of the treatment system to compensate for acoustic field distortions induced by the patient skull.

 

 

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