A front page story in the March 11, 2011 edition of the Richmond Times Dispatch featured an interview with Billy R. Williams, the first patient in a new clinical trial funded by the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation. The first in the world clinical trial is asessing the safety and effectiveness of MR-guided focused ultrasound in treating essential tremor, a progressively debilitating condition that causes uncontrollable trembling in the hands and other areas of the body. Also interviewed was W. Jeffrey Elias, M.D., the University of Virginia neurosurgeon who performed the procedure and is the study's principal investigator.
In the report, Williams is quoted as saying, "I feel very good." He also explained, "I wanted these tremors taken care of so badly I really had no fear of having it done." Click below to read the full story.