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MRI-guided focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that is transforming treatment for many medical disorders, including the neurological condition essential tremor. And it has the potential to be a game changer for many more diseases through the use of ultrasonic energy to target tissue deep in the body without incisions or radiation. What is this new medical advancement, how does it work, and is it safe? Dr. Paul Fishman, a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tells us about it.
Focused ultrasound treatments can be performed on an outpatient basis, require no incisions, and can result in minimal discomfort and few complications, allowing for rapid recovery.
There are currently about 80 clinical applications for focused ultrasound that are in various stages of research, development and commercialization. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) must approve the technology’s use for these various applications. The majority are in the early stages, and none have yet received universal insurance reimbursement.
Most recently, in 2016, the FDA approved focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor, the most common movement disorder. University of Maryland Medical Center, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was among an international group of investigators studying MRI-guided focused ultrasound for essential tremor. The treatment was found to significantly improve tremors and quality of life in patients with essential tremor.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is also using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier to improve chemotherapy to brain tumors and for experimental therapies like gene and stem cell therapy.
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Paul Fishman, MD
University of Maryland Medical Center