A new study from researchers in Spain and the USA suggests that focused ultrasound could be beneficial for patients with asymmetric Parkinson’s disease, in which symptoms are much more severe on one side of the body.
It’s hard to talk about promoting focused ultrasound without talking about the Focused Ultrasound Foundation – and impossible to do so without focusing on Neal Kassell, MD, who has emerged as something of an evangelist-in-chief for the technology.
A combination of ultrasound and microbubbles can be used to make small holes in the surface of cells to allow drugs or other substances to pass through. This is also one method of getting genes into cells to help treat or prevent disease, so-called "gene therapy."
Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee’s left side — never mind the “searing-hot poker” sensation that would jab her leg. After a decade searching for relief, a procedure in Baltimore put her pain to rest.
Neuroscientists have limited tools for understanding the human brain and treating its illnesses. Surgery or inserted electrodes are too invasive for most situations. Existing noninvasive technology, such as magnetic stimulation, is imprecise.
When considering treatments that can save their lives — but involve profound changes to their daily routines — millions of Americans have confronted the same frustrating reality: Why are there no better options?
A startup is putting low-frequency sound waves to use with the aim of revolutionizing how drugs are delivered in the human body. Suono Bio is developing technology that uses ultrasound to push drugs directly into the human body’s cells or tissues, potentially making the drugs arrive at their intended destination more quickly and with greater effect.
Researchers in Toronto have started a new phase of a trial that they hope will one day lead to the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Using a technique developed at Sunnybrook Hospital called focused ultrasound, the researchers are opening the blood-brain barrier in several areas of the brains of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Roughly 10 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of tremor disorder, whether that's essential tremor or the tremors resulting from Parkinson's disease. But a noninvasive treatment option that uses focused ultrasound to mitigate the effects of essential tremor is making its way into hospitals worldwide.
Tim Dobbyn suffered from violent tremors that made it challenging to work, cook, or even drink without spilling. NBC News followed Tim as he underwent focused ultrasound therapy at the University of Maryland Medical Center. After a few days post-treatment, Tim says his hand is “rock steady.”
A new, noninvasive surgery, using a procedure called focused ultrasound, minimizes the risk of hemorrhage and infection and has been working in many cases, as an article in the New England Journal of Medicine attested in August.
Doctors usually treat essential tremor with medication, but the drugs don’t work well for all patients. Now a new trial finds that a treatment using focused ultrasound to kill off neurons in a certain region of the brain can do away with tremors in some patients who don’t respond to drugs.